Students partner with building firm for real-world experience

By Freeman Staff

Oct. 18, 2018

Mukwonago High School Building and Trade Class students are helping to build a home on Regees Road while being mentored by professionals from Korndoerfer Homes. From left: Crystal Schlinke, Tony Navarro, Dominic Meszarosch, Angelo Lalicata, Mark Soirey, Spencer Prucha, Tom McCormack, Mikey Gindhart, Matt Dombroski, college/career readiness coordinator Dustin Lehman, John Korndoerfer, MASD Superintendent Shawn McNulty, Jake Sadler, Kyle Butryn, School Board President Mary D’Amour, and Darrell Dekeyser.
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MUKWONAGO — Mukwonago High School has added another way for students to get valuable experience in the trades. Through a new partnership with Korndoerfer Homes, students in the Building and Trade Class are helping to build a single-family home in The Orchards subdivision this fall. The 1,933-square-foot ranch home is expected to be completed and ready to move into during February. There was a recent groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction.

“We are proud to invest in a future workforce that is critical to the success of home building in southeast Wisconsin,” said Korndoerfer Homes Scheduling and Construction Manager John Korndoerfer.

While the MHS partnership with Korndoerfer Homes is new, the tradition of students working stepby- step with local subcontractors dates back to 2000. The School to Work program originally launched with the help of the Mukwonago Rotary Club and Mukwonago Education Foundation. Since then, six homes have been completed through the program.

The site of a new home in the The Orchards subdivision of Mukwonago.
Mukwonago High School students are assisting at the job site.

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Students in School to Work go to a job site up to four days a week. They also simultaneously earn transcript credit through Waukesha County Technical College. “It is great learning on the actual job site and not in the classroom on smaller, simulated projects,” said MHS senior Mikey Gindart.

MHS technical education teacher Mark Soiney says the project benefits not only the students, but subcontractors as well. He said some of them have already been asking about hiring students as soon as they turn 18.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom Geneva Ranch home is located on Regees Road. It will feature a three-car garage and a walkout lower level.

MHS senior Jake Adler says working with professionals has been great, adding “I think I have learned so much more being on the job site than I would if I was in the classroom.”