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Two student-built homes sold at auction
Tiny House AuctionTwo homes built by the Building Trades program at Erie 1 BOCES Harkness and Kenton Career & Technical Centers were auctioned off in the beginning of June. The proceeds from both auctions will go towards funding the programs for next year. 

The Kenton Career & Technical Center auctioned off the program’s first tiny house on June 2. The house was purchased for $10,800. 

The buyer, who wished to only be identified as Ryan, plans to move the house to Youngstown, where he currently lives. 

The house was built on a 20’ x 8’ trailer in the back parking lot of the Kenton Career & Technical Center. A group of seniors worked for eight months to build it from the ground up before it was ready for auction. In addition to preparing the house for auction, the students learned all that goes into building a house, even a tiny one.  

Though the house was built by the building trades’ students, the project was a collaborative effort at times. Harkness Career & Technical Center fashion design students made the window treatments and the electrical students wired the house. Welding students at Kenton welded the grill to the back of the tiny home. 

Students and their teacher with the Harkness houseOne week later, the students from Harkness Career & Technical Center auctioned their three-bedroom, one-bathroom modular home. 

The home was purchased by Ralph Preston of Elma, who plans to move the home to Freedom, NY. Cash Realty & Auctions conducted the auction. 

The students have worked on the house daily since September, ensuring that everything was according to plan and up to code. Additionally, building inspectors come to the home multiple times throughout the year to inspect. The students from the Harkness Electrical program wired the house so that it is ready to be moved and lived in.

For more than 15 years, Erie 1 BOCES building trades students have built a house for public auction. A third house built by teens at the Potter Career & Technical Center was under contract with Habitat for Humanity. 

As part of public education, Erie 1 BOCES offers a variety of career and technical programs during the regular school day to high school students in Erie County. High school students interested in learning more about how they can participate in various programs such as fashion design, web and gaming technologies, health careers or aviation technology, should visit or speak with their high school counselor.

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