Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) students enrolled in the college’s Construction Management program, Corporate and Continuing Education Carpentry II class and the Entry-Level Construction class taught at
Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, constructed a pop-up porch that was painted by CPCC and community volunteers at the college’s Harper Campus on Nov. 22.
The CPCC students began building the porch on Oct. 13. The pop-up porches are the result of the Pop-Up Porch initiative, a project created by the Civic By Design Center and the Urban Ministry Center for Charlotte.
The initiative strives to engage people at events who are both homeless and formerly homeless to share their stories and cultivate friendships with people who have not experienced homelessness using pop-up porches. Each porch will create a space at an event where these groups can come together to share life stories and reveal the similarities that exist across class differences.
CPCC students completed their pop-up porch on Nov. 19. During construction, students were given hands-on training in construction math, blueprint reading, the use of power and hand tools, as well as team collaboration and communication. For many, the project was an opportunity to quickly develop the basic knowledge and construction skills needed to obtain an entry-level position or better in the construction industry.
The pop-up porches will be installed at the South End Food Truck Friday event on Dec. 5. There, it will seek to connect people from diverse backgrounds by creating a space where shared experiences can be revealed and expressed.
The Pop-Up Porch Initiative is made possible by a $10,000 grant from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Foundation (an affiliate of Foundation For The Carolinas), and supports Crossroads Charlotte, a community involvement group.
To learn more about:
The CPCC Construction Management program: https://www.cpcc.edu/construction-management
The Corporate and Continuing Education Carpentry II class: http://www.cpcc.edu/cce/job-and-career-enhancement/courses-and-programs/construction/carpentry
The Entry-Level Construction Class at Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont: http://www.goodwillsp.org/training/training-programs/construction-skills-training/