I just love the emergence of the tiny house movement. Tiny houses offer greater flexibility for individuals, making them less dependent on networks that might not be so keen in honoring their individual sovereignty.
The fact that these tiny houses are easily transported creates even more flexibility for the folks who live in them.
Now, thanks to a new program, if you want to learn how to build your own tiny house, and how to live in it comfortably, there’s a class for that, and it will be taught in 51 Long Island School Districts.
From the Tiny House File comes big things, with more than a dozen adult learners completing the first Eastern Suffolk BOCES carpentry class dedicated to the diminutive-dwelling movement.
With a little help from Riverhead-based sustainable-housing expert Hunter Shelters and Selden-based business-development services provider Dynamic Supplier Alignment, the educational cooperative of 51 Long Island school districts recently wrapped the first semester of an Adult Education Carpentry Program designed specifically to teach participants about Tiny Houses.
The program curriculum was written by the regional BOCES with input from its corporate partners. And that led to “amazing results,” according to Ron Tabbitas, president of Dynamic Supplier Alignment, which earlier this year signed an exclusive 20-year distribution deal with Hunter Shelters, a 2010 spinoff of Riverhead roofing and insulation stalwart J.P. Hunter Co.
In March, Tabbitas told Innovate LI that the Tiny House curriculum would teach BOCES students “how to manufacture it, how to market it and how to install it.” With the first semester in the books, Barbara Egloff, ESBOCES’ divisional administrator for career, technical and adult education, said the curriculum didn’t disappoint.
“We met with [DSA and Hunter Shelters] several times throughout the year to make sure the curriculum was aligned with industry needs and with emerging trends coming out on regional and national levels,” Egloff said Monday. “We want to make sure we are providing the education and hands-on learning opportunities that will enable our students to be more competitive as they seek a career.”
By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Tiny House File comes big things, with more than a dozen adult learners completing the first Eastern Suffolk BOCES carpentry class dedicated to the diminutive-dwelling movement. With a little help from Riverhead-based sustainable-housing expert Hunter Shelters and Selde…