01/17/2012 06:25 EST | Updated 03/18/2012 05:12 EDT

Saskatoon high school students build house which is being sold to First Nation

SASKATOON - It sure beats building a coffee table.

Fourteen students from six Saskatoon high schools built a house in one semester as part of the carpentry apprenticeship program.

The Whitecap Dakota First Nation is buying the house under a five-year-deal with the school board.

Chief Darcy Bear says the basement for the house has already been poured, and it will be rented by a family on the First Nation south of Saskatoon.

The house was unveiled Tuesday at PotashCorp Trades and Skills Centre at Mount Royal Collegiate.

Students who built the house can write the first-level apprenticeship exam, which shaves off nearly a year in the process to become a journeyman.