Assiniboine Community College and S.E.L. Housing Inc., an RTM (ready to move) home builder, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance hands-on learning opportunities for students in the construction trades programs at Assiniboine—carpentry, electrical, and plumbing.

Over the duration of the programs, students will construct a single-family dwelling at the Len Evans Centre for Trades and Technology, located at the North Hill campus in Brandon.

“Assiniboine values its partnerships with industry members to enrich learning experiences for students,” said Kevin Poirier, Dean of Trades at Assiniboine. “This initiative will allow students to put their newly acquired skills to practice in a real-world application under the guidance of journeyperson-certified instructors.” S.E.L. Housing Inc, a sister company to South End Lumber – Timber Mart, will provide house plans and building materials required to construct the project.

In addition, labour performed by Assiniboine students will be appraised, and a donation will be made to an S.E.L. fund to support trade programs at the college.

“We are proud of our longstanding roots in Manitoba,” said Scott Norosky, President at S.E.L. Housing Inc.

“Being able to provide a project that would enable students to gain valuable hands-on experience while also giving back to the community was an easy decision for us.”