St. Joseph County CTE students take first place at MITES competition

Pictured (left to right) Mitch Nycum (CTE Teacher), Riley Lewis (Senior, Three Rivers), Ryan Davidhizar (Senior, Constantine), Javier Kelley-Martinez (Junior, Three Rivers), Troy Demas (Junior, Constantine), Jordan Combs (Senior, Mendon), JD Yoder (Onsite Manager).

Several students in the St. Joseph County Career & Technical Education (CTE) Construction Trades-Residential Building program, based in Three Rivers, recently took first place in the Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society (MITES) Residential Construction competition. 

The students worked together to formulate a plan from prints they were given, determined job responsibilities, and proceeded to build a structure in one day. The structure this year was a 4′ x 4′ playhouse and included floor layout/framing/sheathing, wall layout/framing/sheathing, routing out window & door openings, rafter calculations/layout/assembly, roof sheathing, sub fascia installation, and door/window trim. 

Each student received a 1st place wooden plaque, a Milwaukee drill/impact driver combo tool set, a handheld router, and a pair of DeWalt angle cutters. MITES is a Career and Technical Student Organization that provides students the opportunity to apply academic, technical and employability knowledge and skills necessary in today’s workforce.

Congratulations on a tremendous job from these students who professionally represented St. Joseph County CTE.