Six new homes to be built in south Nanaimo by Habitat for Humanity will have a solid foundation to build on, thanks to students in Vancouver Island University’s heavy equipment operator program.
In an ongoing partnership with Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island, VIU students gain work experience and reinforce skills learned throughout the year working on a variety of heavy equipment on the sites, and during the construction phase.
Students worked on the Habitat for Humanity site near Extension over several weeks in the spring, operating excavators in site preparation, clearing and stripping.
VIU has partnered with Habitat for several years. Another group of construction students will be involved in the building project in Extension, with two of the six new homes expected to be completed in December.