News Release

Published on Wednesday, November 07, 2007

HOLMEN, Wis. – A group of Western Technical College students designed the first Habitat for Humanity home to be located on Hope Court in Holmen. Stewart Ross and Troy Sugden, both from La Crosse, and Amber Lor, from Holmen, are second-year students in the Architectural Technology program. The house, located at 926 Hope Court in Holmen, will be dedicated on Saturday, November 10 and purchased by the Tong and Chong Yang family.

Tom Felton, Architectural Technology program head/instructor, assigned the home design project as part of a service-learning activity for his class. “I could see that the students put forth more effort to make sure the work performed was of highest quality because there was a real client (Habitat for Humanity and the future homeowner family) that needed to be satisfied,” he said. Three separate groups of students participated in the project, with the design by the team of Ross, Sugden, and Lor chosen.

“I’m proud to be contributing to a cause that is actively aiding those in need,” Lor said. “I will continue to use the design/drafting skills and construction knowledge I have learned as a student at Western Technical College to benefit those families Habitat for Humanity has chosen.”

For information on the Architectural Technology program, contact Tom Felton at or 608-785-9238. For additional Western Technical College programs and services, call 608.785.9200 or visit the Web site at

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