For eight years, Rocky Mountain Development Council and the Helena School District 1 have cosponsored the High School House Project. On Wednesday, students celebrated the completion of the latest project at 890 Wolf Road.

Walt Jones, the carpentry II instructor, and 21 students from Helena High and Capital High started with an empty lot purchased by RMDC. Using a Mosaic Architecture contemporary ranch design, students and instructors executed all phases of construction, including the foundation, framing, dry-walling, wiring and cabinet building. The three-bedroom, two-bath home has several energy-efficient features, which include slab-on-grade construction, in-floor radiant heat and large, south-facing windows.

Eighty additional students from interior design, photography and first-year drafting and carpentry classes in both high schools contributed as well. Carol Ballew selected plants and landscaping materials that are particularly adaptable and thrive in the area soil.

“These students work very hard and have earned this recognition. They ‘graduate’ from this experience very competitive in the building trades. They know the basics and they have more confidence about their ability to navigate the field than students who have not had extensive ‘on-the-ground’ work,” Jones said in a press release about the project.

For a second year, Power Townsend Company Endowment Fund made a significant contribution to the project, which the company says is an investment in the community, according to the press release.

For more information about the High School House Program call Mat Rude, RMDC affordable housing director, 442- 236, ext. 105 or email

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VERY IMPRESSIVE!! I visited this home and what a GREAT job by all of the students and many cudo's to Mr. Jones the instructor who must oversee the entire project. I hope that our commissioners, both City and County, read the article. I hope that they and others move away from the anti-business, anti-growth mentality and realize that here locally these impressive students will need a job and they are well on their way to finding one, out of town, unless changes are made. Sorry, I hate to be negative, but we need young, business minded people to move here, not move away.


Way to go kids. Great house. Keep up the good work. We have to get America Right, and soon.

shocked once again
shocked once again

My son took part in building this house and they all did a great job. The house looks small on the outside, but it is very roomy on the inside and the ceilings are very tall. It was absolutely beautiful....LOVE IT!


See Helena, not all of the kids in town are bad. This goes to show you what teens are truly capable of!!!

Good work ladies and gents...

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