On Thursday, August 25, instructors from the Delgado Community College Technical Division’s Carpentry program took their students on a field trip to Baton Rouge, to assist homeowners with post-flood demolition and debris removal.
Flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas this month has destroyed or damaged at least 40,000 homes and affected more than 100,000 people.
Timotheus Davis, Carpentry instructor at the Delgado Sidney Collier Site, said: “I wanted the students to experience the effects that a disaster like the flood has on the homes they’re learning to build. Also, I wanted them to see the value of the skill they’re learning.
“We get into it for the money,” Davis said, “but it’s truly rewarding when it’s not about the money at all and you can use that skill to help someone. That’s what I wanted them to experience.”
The instructors and students spent the day ripping out drywall, hauling furniture and removing flooring, baseboards and other debris. In the Carpentry program, students are trained in both residential construction and residential demolition.
“Not only was it important for our students to apply the carpentry and teamwork skills they’re learning in the program, but it was also important for them to experience helping others in need,” said Kenneth Williams, Delgado Jefferson Site Carpentry instructor.
“As we know from our own experiences in Hurricane Katrina, many families rely on the generosity of volunteers,” Williams said.
Davis said he and his students and colleagues would like to extend special thanks to: Kevin Griffin-Clark of 2K Photo NOLA, David Dao of Latter & Blum, Cliff Melerine of Gardner Realty, Gabriel Deculus, Jhanaiya Ward, Tomaseena Auzenna and Myriam Martinez, whose donations and contributions made the trip possible.
Delgado Community College, the largest and oldest community college in Louisiana, offers instruction online and at eight locations around the New Orleans region: Delgado City Park Campus, Delgado West Bank Campus, Delgado Charity School of Nursing, Delgado Sidney Collier, and the Delgado Maritime and Industrial Training Center (all in New Orleans); Delgado Northshore (Slidell); Delgado Jefferson (Metairie); and the Jefferson Business and Career Solutions Center (Gretna). Visit www.dcc.edu for additional information.
Delgado Carpentry students and faculty pictured outside a flooded home in Baton Rouge, from left: Jalil Pounds, Kenneth Williams (Jefferson Site Carpentry Instructor), Alex Johnson, Timotheus Davis (Sidney Collier Site Carpentry Instructor), Tyler Stokes, Brent Givens, Ronnie Brokel, Kenzie Cook, Joseph Barrosse and Bryan Mahon.
From left: Delgado Carpentry Instructor Tim Davis, student Alex Johnson and Instructor Kenneth Williams demo floors in a flooded home.
Delgado Carpentry student Kenzie Cook hauling flooring removed from a flooded home.
From left: Delgado Carpentry student Jalil Pounds and Instructor Tim Davis removing flooring from a flooded home.