Union Receives Donations for Construction Academy

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The Hardesty Family Foundation, Inc., and the Home Builders Association (HBA) Charitable Foundation recently donated $7,500 to the new construction class at the Union High School Freshman Academy.
Pictured in the photo are teacher Aaron Patton, Michelle Hardesty of the Hardesty Family Foundation, Mark Lee of the HBA Tulsa Charitable Foundation, Jeffrey Smith, CEO of Home Builders Association of Tulsa, and Assistant Principal Beau Bannon.
The class also received a donation of tools, including table saws, from Hilti, to aid in the creation of this new program.
The Building and Construction Academy is a brand-new program for the district, and serves as an introduction to the commercial and residential construction industry and associated trades.
Under the direction of teacher Aaron Patton, ninth-grade students will explore opportunities in the field of construction through a blended learning approach including hands-on experiences, field trips, presentations by industry professionals, and classroom work, according to Associate Superintendent Charlie Bushyhead.
Freshmen will learn the fundamentals of building design, construction trends, materials of the industry, and the various systems employing these materials to build structures.
“For students considering a career in construction, architecture, M.E.P. (mechanical, electrical and plumbing), civil engineering, or are interested in exploring possible career options, this course is for them,” Bushyhead said.

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