Student Builders Complete Eighth DKBEP Home

The Door Kewaunee Business & Education Partnership (DKBEP) hosted an open house and dedication ceremony on May 20 to celebrate the construction of the eighth annual DKBEP High School Home Construction Program home in Sturgeon Bay. Eight high school students representing Gibraltar, Sevastopol, Sturgeon Bay, and Southern Door school districts joined forces with the Door County Home Builders Association, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), and the DKBEP to build a residential spec home during the 2014/15 school year. Participating students were involved in all aspects of residential construction under the direct guidance of NWTC instructor Al Atkinson, and Jim Englebert, project adviser from Portside Builders.

The home currently is listed on the open real estate market with realtor Cindy Koutnik from Action Realty. Revenue generated from the home sale will offset program costs and any remaining will be used as seed money toward future DKBEP High School Home Construction projects.

Partial funding for this year’s program was provided by a grant from the state Department of Workforce Development’s Wisconsin Fast Forward Blueprint for Prosperity initiative, which supports Youth Worker Training.