The education partnership introduces high school and college students to all aspects of the building industry. It emphasizes key academic, trade and personal skills for career and life success. Its goals are to:
Our partners in the Education program are:
In 2007, the NPBA partnered with the City of Port Angeles and the Conservation District to develop the first Low Impact Development in Port Angeles. Each year, the Future Builders Class constructs a new home on one of the 18 lots created by that partnership. Students work side by side with skilled professionals to learn and practice every phase of construction, from site design to finish work.
When each home is sold, one-third of the proceeds go toward scholarships, one-third toward grants and another third supports construction of the next home. The program operates successfully because of volunteer labor, services and materials donated by NPBA members and the community at large. This school year marks the 10th Anniversary and 10th home built by the Future Builders Program.
The Future Builders Charitable Organization provides scholarships to first-time and continuing education students pursuing careers in the residential and commercial building industry. Students may be enrolled in trade or technical schools, skills centers or college. The organization also provides grants to education partners for needed equipment, tools and supplies to support Future Builder programs. To date, the Future Builders Charitable Organization has distributed more than $180,000 in grants and scholarships. The NPBA Future Builders Charitable Organization is governed by a separate Board of Directors that oversee the distribution of grants and scholarships.
Because the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, all donations of time, materials, money and property are tax deductible within Internal Revenue Service Guidelines.
We are extremely proud of the Future Builders program, and grateful to our education partners and our members, suppliers and other participants for their generous support!
If you or a student you know would like to take advantage of these opportunities and enroll in the Future Builders program, contact the North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center at 360 565-1533. Peninsula College students can also apply for this program.
Grant applications for tools, equipment and supplies are available here.