College students learn homebuilding skills, make money too - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

College students learn homebuilding skills, make money too

SPOKANE, Wash. - In the midst of slumping home sales one home building program at the Community Colleges of Spokane is actually making money; money that goes straight back into the organization.

The annual program is called the Community Colleges of Spokane "Touch the Future" house. Through it, students interested in home building, design and repair, build homes that are sold to the public.

The program has been around for nearly 13 years and has produced a home each year. The students gain hands-on experience and college credit for their work. In addition, many of the materials are donated, which makes the profit margin larger when the homes are sold. Nearly a $1 million has been raised so far.

The profits from home sales are turned back around and put into each subsequent home and into scholarships for future students.

A course instructor says many students also get jobs coming out of the program.

This year their project is in the River Run community located just west of Downtown Spokane.

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