CTC students build and donate wildlife observation structures

CTC students in the Construction Technologies and Metal Fabrication classes worked together to build wildlife observation structures for handicapped wildlife enthusiasts, who visit the Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Wildlife Management Area in Monroe County.
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DONNA SUMMERALL
Staff Writer

The Construction Technologies and Metal Fabrication classes built two handicapped accessible wildlife observation structures for handicapped wildlife enthusiasts, who visit the Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Wildlife
Management Area in Monroe County. The observation structures will be placed in the Wildlife Management Areas for youth under the age of 15 and for the handicapped.

"They are big enough for at least two wheelchairs in each house," Scott Hudson, instructor for the Construction Tech class. "We are painting them today to get them ready for transportation."

DTD (Deer, Turkey and Ducks) Outdoors provided the supplies for the houses. The 501(c)(3) non-profit understood the need for new and larger structures in the Wildlife Management area in Monroe County.

"The stations in place now are old and dilapidated," Cody Hutson with DTD Outdoors and instructor for the Metal Fabrication class, said. "And there isn't room from more than one wheelchair at a time. These can fit at least two wheelchairs. They will only be used by young people and the handicapped."

DTD Outdoors raised the money through banquets, fundraisers and donations. They donated $1,000 of supplies.to complete the two houses.

"We supplied the money and the students did the work," Chad Hill of DTD Outdoors said. "We are a charitable non-profit, so we can raise funds and give back to the community. We are a new non-profit only established this year. We get the word out about what we are doing by social media."

Hill said as soon as the houses are completed, they will be transported to the area so the local wildlife can become accustomed to the new structures.

"It's a fun class," Terrion Connor, a Construction Tech student, said. "I had never built anything before. It feels good when you see something you've built. I'm very interested in carpentry after taking this class."

Keyeanna Logan is one of the non-traditional students in the construction class and she is one of a few girls who are taking the class.

"I always liked building things," Logan said. "So I wanted to take this class. After I graduate, I want to either go into the Army or study to be a veterinarian."

Logan took the class thinking it would be easy. She quickly learned there was a lot of classwork and math besides actually building things.

"I like Mr. Hudson," Logan said. "He's funny and he makes us laugh. He's great."

For more information about DTD Outdoors, like them on Facebook or visit dtdoutdoors.webs.com.

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