Students at Tulalip trade school build houses for homeless
On Monday morning in the Hibulb Cultural Center on the Tulalip Reservation, about a dozen students went through a graduation ceremony of their own.
They were graduates of the Tulalip Tribes’ Construction Training Center, which trains native students in carpentry, welding, wiring, framing, plumbing and other trades.
The program, run by the Tribal Employment Rights Office for two years, follows Edmonds Community College’s construction trades curriculum, and its graduates leave with certifications in First Aid, flagging, and OSHA 10-hour safety cards in addition to qualifying to join various trade unions and their apprenticeship programs.
Students typically do a final project, which in the past has included personal decorative items or furniture. This year, the students took things a step further and built two 120-square-foot houses, which will be donated to the Nickelsville homeless encampment in Seattle.
Tulalip chairman Mel Sheldon Jr. called attention to homeless Native Americans living in Seattle camps and on the streets.
“I see all our urban Indian homeless and it gets me right here in the heart that we can help them during the day, but at night they have nowhere to go,” Sheldon said.
Sheldon congratulated the students and told them they’ll be able to do great things for themselves.