Home sweet home: Catec students learn on the job

"If you build it, they will come." Kevin Costner took that advice in Field of Dreams, and students at the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center hope it'll work for them too on Saturday, June 14, at the school's first live auction for a student-built 1,250 square-foot modular home.

For the past 26 years, CATEC students have built a house "from the ground up," says Guy Cohen, owner of electrical contracting business Beck-Cohen who also sits on the CATEC board. He says the project provides invaluable apprenticeship experience for the roughly 25 young men and women who worked on the house this year.

While in the past houses have been built away from school grounds, for the past eight years the project has taken place behind the school on Rio Road.

The high bidder who Cohen guesses will pay approximately $40,000 for the three bedroom, two bath house is responsible for transporting the home to a permanent site.

Registration for Saturday's auction begins at 8am; the bidding, with a minimum of $33,000, starts at 10am.