From Community College Daily, American Association of Community Colleges, Aug. 31, 2016
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Carpentry students help with flood cleanup
The high water has subsided, and now the cleanup is in full swing following the August flooding in Baton Rouge, La., and the surrounding areas that destroyed or damaged at least 40,000 homes and affected more than 100,000 people.
Community colleges — their students, faculty and staff — were among those hit by the flooding, and institutions from across the state are doing their part to help those communities. Earlier this week, carpentry instructors from Delgado Community College in New Orleans took their students to Baton Rouge to assist homeowners with post-flood demolition and debris removal.
“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,” said Timotheus Davis, a carpentry instructor at Delgado.
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 carpentry instructor Kenneth Williams. “As we know from our own experiences in Hurricane Katrina, many families rely on the generosity of volunteers.”