Transforming shipping containers to homes for veterans

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Golden Isles College and Career Academy students are gaining real-world experience by working to build a home for veterans. But not just any home-- a home inside of two 8-foot by 40-foot shipping containers.

Jeff Holland, the construction program director, said this is not only providing students with real-world application but also challenging them to think differently.

“It gives them the real-life skills, some real-world application, problem-solving skills because there’s been a lot of challenges because it’s not conventional construction work,” Holland said.

Holland and his students call it a vet camp.

“It feels good to work on something for someone that served us and give back to him,” Tristan Bilant, a student, said.

Holland said about a dozen students have been working with Together of Glynn County since last fall to transform the shipping containers into a home for a veteran.

The organization helps low-income homeowners, veterans, and families by repairing and building homes.

But in this case, it’s using two large shipping containers.

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