Students at Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center who are enrolled in the Plumbing, Building Trades, Drafting, Powerline, Masonry, Carpentry, Painting and Decorating, Electricity and Heating and Air Conditioning programs have an opportunity to join the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). This club is open not only to high school students but those in colleges and universities as well. Members can learn very important trade skills as well as take part in leadership opportunities. Like all other clubs at CWCTC, the NAHB has students officers. The president in the morning session is Steve Albright from Building Construction, and for the afternoon session, the president is Greg Zielinski in Carpentry.
The National Association of Home Builders first came to Central Westmoreland in 1999. The club started with 70 people its first year. The membership varies from year to year, with a high of 227 in 2006. This year there are 109 members involved in the club. The high membership has made Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Centers chapter the largest chapter of high school members in the nation for 5 of the last 10 years.
The National Association of Home Builders is an organization of building contractors, developers, and tradesman with a membership of over 160,000 nationwide. Within this organization is the Home Builders Institute which is the educational arm of NAHB. This entity is responsible for promoting the building trades to high school and college students who are enrolled in classes related to the building and construction industry. The Home Builders Institute provides employment, career networking, industry publications, awards and competitions, professional development programs and social activities for its student members. It also provides scholarships for the Builder's Association.
Members of CWCTC's NAHB club attend Showcase of Homes every year, giving the students a chance to see the new trends in construction. It also gives employers a chance to look at the students' resumes and even hire the student on the spot to a full time, part time and summer position. The students go on at least one other field trip as a social activity. They are also involved in several community service projects. The project this year is the construction of 2 - split face block dug-outs at Jeannette High School.