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Albany Tech and Flint River Habitat form home partnership

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By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Some Albany college students are making a big impact outside the classroom. Future Habitat For Humanity homes will be designed by Albany Technical College students. It's a partnership that will improve our community as it gives students valuable experience.

To the average viewer, some lines on Edrian Mallory's computer screen may look a little boring. For Edrian, it's what she's always dreamed about.

"It's the first house that I've done," said Mallory, "I want to create these beautiful buildings that I admire so much. Why admire them when I can be a part of them?"

Mallory is one of several Albany Tech Architectural Drafting students designing three, four and five-bedroom homes. "I'm feeling really good about it. If it was my house, I would never want to leave it," said Mallory.

The homes aren't just for a grade. Designs will go from paper to actual designs of future Flint River Habitat For Humanity homes. "Oh wow. It is really mind blowing. When we were given the assignment, I was like no way," said Mallory.

"We're going to be looking for originality, functionality, livability and of course affordability," said Flint River Habitat For Humanity Director Stacey Odom-Driggers.

To be selected, students first have to sell. It's all part of a partnership that gives them real-world experience.

"It's very important for our students to receive some practical experience to get to know industry and get to know what industry expects of them so they can be fully prepared once they graduate from that program," said Albany Tech Dean of Academic Affairs Emmett Griswald.

"It's going to be so beneficial in so many ways, from getting the students exposed to construction to having more volunteers on site so it's a win-win partnership," said Odom-Driggers.

Mallory has high hopes for her home being selected but she's even more excited for just the chance. "It's a really, really great experience. I'm so glad I have this opportunity, definitely," said Mallory.

It's proof that the lines on her computer screen can extend past the classroom.

The students spent all semester designing the homes. The top three designs were supposed to be chosen Tuesday but the judges say they were so good, they need more time to review them.

The partnership won't end with the design. Albany Tech students in other programs will help out with things like carpentry, masonry and plumbing when the homes are being built.

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