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FACILITY FOCUS
The cardio room of the
UCT Wellness Center
STUDENT-BUILT
WELLNESS CENTER
GIVES GREATER BANG
FOR THE BUCK
By Wesley Sykes, Managing Editor
On-the-job learning lies at the heart of the Upper Cape
Cod Regional Vocational Technical High School. It's
the reason the school promotes off-campus cooperative
apprenticeship programs in specific trades that students
participate in. It's the same reason why the school has
culinary students make up the daily lunch menus. It's
why the school looked to its students to help with campus
expansions.
So when the school decided to build a brand-new
wellness center and athletic trainer's room, UCT turned,
once again, to its student apprentices.
" The students drew up the plans and devised everything
that was submitted to the school committee and
superintendent for approval, " Josh Greeley, the school's
technical supervisor of the construction cluster, said. " Our
horticulture program leveled the land. The carpentry
program made the structure. Our plumbing and electrical
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students set up all of our utilities, and our new HVAC
program installed the heating and cooling system.
" We did subcontract out for the roof, but other than that
it was all done by our students, " Greeley added.
The result is a roughly 4,800-square foot, single-level,
dual-winged wellness center and athletic trainer's room
that can be used by faculty members and students alike.
The approximately $730,000 project, funded partially
through a state grant, was completed in a single year's
time. According to Upper Cape Tech superintendent Dr.
Bob Dutch, the support from the student helped produce
the equivalent of a $1.5 million project for half the cost -
without cutting any corners along the way.
Previously UCT - which is a regional high school
pulling students from five neighboring towns in Bourne,
Massachusetts - bussed student-athletes to a nearby
public gym to conduct team workouts and weight training.

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