Student Chapter Members Visit National Housing Center
With the 2006 fall semester comfortably underway, NAHB Student Chapters members are seeking opportunities to enhance their coursework with valuable real life experience.
On Oct. 27, 15 NAHB student members from Pennsylvania State University and the Pennsylvania College of Technology (PCT) traveled to NAHB’s National Housing Center in Washington D.C. to get a better understanding of the organization, its resources and benefits.
A lunchtime meeting gave students a chance to ask NAHB professionals questions about home building-related legislation, the housing market, internships and future job prospects.
The young members also learned about the importance of Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Housing Endowment to the association’s Student Chapters.
HBI is chiefly responsible for administering and promoting the program, recruiting and maintaining members and informing students of the career opportunities in the home building industry. The National Housing Endowment offers financial support to the Student Chapter programs and members through a variety of scholarships and grants.
Following their visit to the Housing Center, the students toured the NAHB Research Center in Upper Marlboro, Md. for an inside look at the advanced home building technologies and how these products are tested.
“I think all of us gained a better perspective of new opportunities that are available for us on a personal and national level in the industry,” said Ben Copenhaver, a construction management major at PCT.
Both Penn State and PCT chapters will continue to enhance their education through extracurricular activities as they prepare for the 2007 Residential Construction Competition at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla. on Feb. 7 to 9.
NAHB Student Chapters
Administered by the Home Builders Institute and funded by NAHB, corporate partners and student member dues, the NAHB Student Chapters program helps to enrich the educational experience of more than 4,000 students enrolled in construction-related studies. High schools, vocational and technical schools, community colleges (two-year programs), universities (four-year programs) and Job Corps centers across the country all have chapters.
For more information on NAHB Student Chapters or the Residential Construction Competitions, e-mail Page Browning at HBI, or call her at 800-795-7955 x8918.