OSWEGO – Students at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation are teaming up with the city of Oswego to help tear down blighted houses within the city.
The new partnership kicked off on Nov. 28 when students and staff from CiTi arrived at 154 E. Seneca St. to begin to demolish the building.
According to Mayor Billy Barlow, the partnership is a win-win situation.
“This partnership allows the city to remove dilapidated homes from our neighborhoods at no cost, while also giving these students the opportunity to get some hands-on training in the field,” said Barlow. “Thanks to all who helped make this partnership a reality.”
Students in the Heavy Equipment Repair and Operation program at CiTi are handling the demolish and hauling of the building, while students in the Public Safety and Justice program are providing traffic control.
Garrette Weiss, CiTi’s business education liaison, said the opportunity to demolish buildings is the ultimate example of the kind of hands-on learning CiTi offers students.
“This is as real as it gets,” Weiss said. “We are so thankful to the mayor and the city for entrusting us with this responsibility. Our students are working hard and are excited to help demolish additional homes in the city soon.”