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 Big Skills Tiny Homes, the Marin based nonprofit that exposes high school graduates to skills-based training and career counseling in the construction industry, provided a tiny house to a local resident left homeless by wildfire.

   Four students began working on the tiny home with structural engineer and founder Sean Ticknor in early September. 
  “College isn’t for everyone,” he said. “Young people interested in the trades are not really exposed to these kinds of projects because shop classes aren’t as prevalent as they once were. We try to fill this void by providing hands-on building experience and career support.”

   The home, which is approximately 200 square feet, includes a living space, modern bathroom and complete kitchen. Plumbing, electricity, windows, doors and roofing were included in the build. The home was finished with carpet, drapes, dishes and decor. The tiny home is energy efficient and recycled building materials were used wherever possible.

    Students participated in all aspects of building, including planning, drafting and budgeting. Throughout the nine-month process, participants were exposed to a range of construction skills, including carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, roofing, tiling, trim work and finishing. 

   “A lot of times kids have no idea what they want to do, but are pushed to go to college and figure it out. I didn’t want to do that,” said Melena King, a program participant.  “I learned something new everyday.  We were learning and doing at the same time and I feel like this experience has created a pathway for me.” 

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