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Herkimer BOCES students to build home for lucky winner

An informational meeting was held Tuesday at the BOCES complex for those interested in having a home built by Herkimer BOCES students.

Posted: May 8, 2018 11:27 PM
Updated: May 9, 2018 11:51 AM

HERKIMER – For some people, the dream of owning their own home can be a difficult one to achieve.

Thanks to a lottery program at Herkimer Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), that dream will soon become a reality.

An informational meeting was held Tuesday at the BOCES complex for those interested in having a home built by Herkimer BOCES students.

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The home would be built on site at the BOCES complex on Gros Boulevard.

The homeowner would be responsible for the cost of materials and transportation of the house to its new location, but the labor would be provided by the students.

John Martin, a Building & Construction instructor at BOCES, said the program will give the students valuable hands-on experience.

“There’s a big need for skilled trades. Every union company, every non-union company, are starving to find employees. So here they get the basic hands-on skills so they can go out into the world of work. If they decide to go on to college, then they have already earned up to nine credits for college.”

The actual lottery drawing for the home will take place on Thursday, May 24.

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