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College partners with community to break ground for homes

Pulaski Technical College and several local organizations have announced an innovative partnership to construct affordable homes for families in need in the community.

Pulaski Tech YouthBuild and Construction Technology students will build two single-family homes at the corner of 19th and Schaer streets in North Little Rock. Construction will be financed with a $30,000 grant from Metropolitan National Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas.

Other partners include Argenta Community Development Corporation, City of North Little Rock, North Little Rock Community Development Agency, North Little Rock Housing Authority, Regions Bank and Friday, Eldredge and Clark.

Dr. Dan F. Bakke, college president, said Pulaski Tech established the YouthBuild program two years ago in conjunction with the college's Construction Technology program to provide students with an opportunity to give back to the community and to offer hands-on training in a variety of construction fields.

"The college is not in the real estate business," Bakke said, "so we partner with community organizations such as Argenta Community Development Corporation and the North Little Rock Housing Authority to find families to purchase the homes at an affordable price."

Students already have completed two single-family homes on Alpha Street in Rose City and 16th Street in the Baring Cross neighborhood. Construction of the Schaer Street homes will be completed in spring 2004.

Carol Langston
Dean of College Relations
Pulaski Technical College
3000 West Scenic Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72118
Phone: (501) 812-2211
FAX: (501) 771-2844
E-mail address: clangston@pulaskitech.edu

Pulaski Technical College
3000 West Scenic Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72118
Phone: (501) 812-2200

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