Tiny homes built by Northside ISD students for sale

SAN ANTONIO – Some Northside ISD students are doing big things in small spaces. The Construction Careers Academy, located on the campus of Warren High School, is hosting a Tiny Homes Showcase on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to the tiny houses, the showcase will also include custom garden sheds, a dormitory, deer blinds, an outdoor kitchen, and an outdoor garden planting station. These projects were all built by students and will be on sale at the showcase.

Caleb Montes, senior and valedictorian of the CCA, worked as an electrician for one of the houses called “New Yorker”. He said he and his classmates were ready to show months of hard work.

“I worked on the circuit side of everything, so I wired the main panel with the circuit breakers,” Montes said. “I basically provided the means for the power to reach the house. And then I also did an assortment of other electrical fixtures around the house, like the outlets, the stove, the microwave, and the water heater.

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The showcase returns for the first time since 2019. It was discontinued due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CCA Director James Mears said what these students have accomplished with the Tiny Houses and other projects is nothing short of amazing.

“We have amazing instructors who have come to us from the industry. Our students come to us with many talents and abilities and we are able to hone those abilities. And when you see our little houses, you will be truly impressed with the quality and craftsmanship of these students,” Mears said.

A total of 550 students are enrolled in the Construction Careers Academy. It is a four-year public magnetic school that trains students in electrical, HVAC, plumbing, pipework, carpentry, architecture, construction management construction and applied engineering.

“We are fortunate to have a large number of our students who are job- and skills-ready and entering directly into the job market,” Mears said. “We see them go from first year through second year to senior year. It’s amazing the confidence with which they leave this school. In addition to all the skills, they are ready to accomplish the next stage of their life. »

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Montes is heading to UTSA after graduating and will major in electrical engineering, taking with him hands-on experience building these tiny homes from the ground up.

“It’s honestly phenomenal because when you first walk into these houses, they’re pretty bare. As the days progressed, as we continue to do more and more work, they come out to these really beautiful homes and it’s just great to be part of that process,” Montes said.

See the flyer below for more information on the showcase.

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Alice F. Ponder