Regina residential roofing students give back to community – Regina


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Regina Trades and Skills Center (RTSC) roofing students gain hands-on experience while giving back to the community. Twelve students brought the skills they learned in class to a job site where they saved a mother and her daughters thousands of dollars in labor costs.

Rachel Ruskowski says getting a new roof means the world to her as it was necessary.

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“It’s something I couldn’t afford, so I couldn’t get a new roof,” she said. “A few years ago I had a big leak. We had all the rain, (and) it was raining in my bathroom… I had a small repair on the spot. So I am very happy to have a completely new roof.”

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The RTSC operations manager said the roofing students are in their fourth week of hands-on training and have been practicing their skills in the workshop for the past three weeks. Melissa Dobrowolski said the students are completing their education locally to help them find employment by giving back to the community.

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“For our employers, our partnership makes our students more attractive because they don’t just have the education on what to do,” said Melissa Dobrowolski. “They’ve been on a construction site…they’re exposed to the heights, the challenges, the elements, and that increases their chances of employment.”

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Dobrowolski said the roofing students learn all the different elements, the challenges, the customer service aspects, the respect that comes with being on a client’s property, how to handle certain situations, and a schedule for the job.

The roof repair cost is about $8,000.

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Students at the Regina Trades and Skills Center install a new roof for a single mother in need

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