University of Georgia
Fast Track with Habitat for Humanity
submitted by Mary Barrett on October 19, 2011
On Saturday, September 10, 108 new Fast
Track Professional MBA students learned about team work through the hands-on
experience of eight hours of manual labor. The incoming class of 2013
worked together to build two Habitat for Humanity homes in the Atlanta community
as a part of their course, Skills and Perspectives for Effective
Students worked on two different homes that were in varying stages of their
respective build schedules. Though the
students had little to no experience in home improvement, the tasks on their
‘punch list’ included shingling the roof, insulating walls and ceilings,
installing siding, caulking windows, doors, and trim, prepping and installing
roof trusses, installing windows and trim packages, installing interior
framing, laying deck and felt roof, installing sub-fascia, barge rafters, and
drip edge, building a side porch and ramp, and installing exterior trim.
The home build allowed students to
stretch their knowledge, bond, build teamwork, and give a home to a local
family in need. The professor was able
to observe this day-long service project and bring real life examples of the
principles of leadership from this experience to the classroom.
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