Student-built house going up for auction, setting seniors up for career success

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A special modular home is going on the auction block at the Erie 1 BOCES Harkness Career and Technical Center. 

It was built by high school seniors from the ground up. 

“I just remember thinking at the first of the year, ‘Wow, we’re going to build a whole house. There’s absolutely nothing here.’ And now we’re standing in it and it’s getting ready to sell,” said Jaycob Glennon, an Alden High School senior who helped build the home. 

Glennon is one of 35 seniors behind the modular home that will be auctioned off on June 14.

MORE | Click here for more information about the auction.

The students handled the entire construction process, from framing the house to hanging drywall and cabinets, from installing the flooring to roofing, plumbing, electrical work and more. 

The final product is a 1,248 square foot home with two bedrooms and a den with a built in workspace that would be perfect for a home office. 

“It’s amazing,” Lancaster High School senior Nick Wilcox told News 4 while giving a tour of the home. “I’m very, very proud of what we did, what we accomplished in the short amount of time that we had.”

The students have come a long way from their junior year projects, when they built sheds using the same skills they put to work to build the full-sized house. 

Those skills now have them ready to enter the workforce before they even graduate from high school. 

Jobs are waiting for them around Western New York and beyond.

“The average age of a journeyman today is 55 years old, so the trades are hurting,” pointed out Christopher Burgio, a Building Trades teacher at the Harkness Center. “I have tradespeople calling me for young people all the time.”

Most of the Harkness students are going straight into trade apprenticeship programs after graduation, to get good paying jobs without taking on any student loan debt. 

The Building Trades program is counting on community members to make sure it stays in the black, too.

All of the money from the sale of this year’s student-built house will go directly back into the Harkness Center’s program to fund next year’s house project. 

“Every year it’s good. I think the quality is getting better over the years and the kids are taking pride in what they do,” said Eric Monahan, an auctioneer with Cash Auctions.

The student-built house is basically move-in ready, but the highest bidder will have to move it onto his or her own lot.

Click here to learn more about how you can bid on it. 

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