Southern Technical College Students Help Build Homes Benefiting Habitat for Humanity

Orlando, FL – (Jan. 11, 2016) – Eight volunteers from the Orlando campus of Southern Technical College, “Southern Tech,” recently helped build a home for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando in the Pine Hills community.


Pictured in the photo at the top of the page, Carl Wagoner, and directly above, Frank Mendoza, both electrical trades students at STC use their skills to build a home with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando.

The event, organized by Martin Levert, campus executive director, Lori Rutland, director of career services, and Paul Allen, instructor, enabled the heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), electrical and welding students to use their skills in the real world. “Not only was it a great opportunity for the students to use their skills, but it feels great knowing that we are doing something to benefit others,” Rutland said.

Through a relationship with Katie Kochan, volunteer manager with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando, STC intends to regularly contribute to their community events.

Southern Tech-Orlando is located at 1485 Florida Mall Ave.


About Southern Technical College (

Founded in 2000, Southern Technical College is a career education school dedicated to providing students with the best possible career training and education in a student-centered environment. It was founded to combine traditional and job-practical teaching techniques in the areas of allied health sciences and applied technology. Delivered in a dynamic and professional environment, the curricula are designed to deliver intensive, hands-on training in core technical areas in combination with communication skills, interpersonal skills and a broad-based general education. Southern Tech is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education (CIE) and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Associate degrees in Surgical Technician at the Fort Myers, Tampa and Port Charlotte campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), and the Health Information Management associate degree program at the Fort Myers campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando (

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando is a not-for-profit, ecumenical, Christian organization dedicated to transforming the lives of low-income, hardworking families through the American Dream of homeownership. Habitat Orlando is one of approximately 2,100 local affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International. Support from sponsors, donors and volunteers directly benefits the Central Florida community. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity Orlando or to make a donation, call (407) 648- 4567 or visit