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HSTTP Continues to Expand its Reach continued additional code inquiries. The students have risen to the challenges presented by their instructors and mentors from various jurisdictions. The HSTTP instructors have opened the trades, drafting and engineering students’ eyes to a whole new world. Construction is the original STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program. Students realize that they will need all four STEM disciplines, plus geography, to be able to navigate, comprehend and apply the building codes competently. We have had instructors from York County School of Technology in York, Pa., to East Career and Technology Academy in Las Vegas share how their students have discovered geometry, English and geography play a large role in construction. During visits to various schools we found students who have taped a map of the United States to their code book so they can find the corresponding state when referencing Chapter 3 in the IRC for building design. The ICC HSTTP program is helping to create a well-rounded construction student. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has listed the HSTTP on their website as an approved educational program. After last year’s ICC’s Annual Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., we were invited to meet with the Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA) to discuss adding the HSTTP to their approved educational curriculum list. Thanks to HSTTP supporter Amy Martin, architect and owner of Building Site Synergy, and after several conversations with Tom Turnbaugh, PBA’s Education Director, HSTTP was added to the PBA approved curriculum. This year we attended NAHB’s Shelbyville, Ky., “Construction Days” event. We contacted Lora Knight at the Home Builders Association of Kentucky (HBAK), the program organizer, and she graciously welcomed us to set up a booth. Since this event, ICC Board Vice President Alex “Cash” Olszowy; Dennis Crist, Building Official, City of Somerset, Ky.; and newly elected ICC Board Member Jeff Bechtold have been ensuring that code officials and contractors in Kentucky are aware of the advantages of teaching technical high school students the building codes. Bechtold recently requested additional brochures to share with the schools in his jurisdiction. With the efforts of all three, we are looking forward to schools in Kentucky joining our program in the near future. As many of you may be aware, the public schools system is complex and complicated, and it takes a bit to learn and maneuver through it. Over the past year the Virginia Building Code Officials Association (VBCOA) has been working to do just that with the Virginia Department Students at York County School of Technology taking their exam. of Education. In September 2014, we were invited to give a presentation at their Richmond conference. Pete Mensinger, CBO, Special Projects Manager, Department of Code Administration in Alexandria; and Latoya Burden, Plans Examiner II, City of Hampton, represented VBCOA. We worked together and gave a presentation outlining the HSTTP and the benefits ICC certificates and certifications provide students when seeking employment. Our year-long wait was over. After making the presentation to Anne Rowe, Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction, and Joseph Wharff, School Counseling Career Connection Specialist, and sending additional requested information, Mr. Wharff told us our program met the DOE requirements as a certificate/certification program. ICC’s HSTTP will be approved in July 2015 and added to the Virginia DOE list of approved curriculum for the Career and Technical schools. APRIL 2015 | 30


April 2015 BSJ
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