DERRY — The 14th annual “Pinkerton Night and Mini-Home Show” will be held at Pinkerton Academy on April 3, sponsored by the Southern NH Home Builders and Remodelers Association in cooperation with the Center for Career and Technical Education at Pinkerton Academy.
The event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The CTE program educates students in architecture and design, electrical technology and building construction technology, developing them for careers in the building industry.
This event honors and recognizes students for academic excellence and practical accomplishments, with awards presented by Pinkerton’s CTE staff and the Home Builders. Parents of students are invited to attend. Event sponsor Santo Insurance believes this will increase parental support of their child going into the trades and knowledge about not only the job opportunities available when their student graduates, but also the business and entrepreneurial skills she or he will acquire and hone for a successful future.
The event includes a “mini home show” with nearly 20 exhibitor booths featuring educational and skill games (including an “excavator challenge” hosted by YouTube’s Bobcat Ninja himself). There will be prizes for students, a pizza dinner and an awards ceremony.
The exhibitors provide the students with information regarding their trade or profession and the skills required to successfully run their business. The students and parents will learn how builders, bankers, plumbers, insurance agents, home designers, electricians, landscapers, lawyers and accountants all work together in the building industry.
This is a cooperative effort between business and academia to prepare the future leaders of the homebuilding industry. Pinkerton provides the venue, the students, the academic instruction and hands-on training; the Home Builders Association provides real-world perspectives, the industry professionals, the awards, and, of course, the food.
The CTE students attend the event free of charge through Home Builder sponsorships.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Sen. Jim Rausch, R-Derry, who has a history of strong support for education and in particular Pinkerton Academy and its CTE program. Rausch represents Derry, Hampstead and Windham in the New Hampshire Senate, where he is chairman of the Transportation Committee and also serves on the Capital Budget and Ways and Means Committees. He previously served five terms in the House of Representatives.
Russ Collins, president of Southern New Hampshire Home Builders and Remodelers Association, will also address the Pinkerton students, parents, faculty and members of the local home building industry.