TUPELO, Mississippi (AP) – A school district in northern Mississippi has opened a new technical and vocational center offering courses in culinary arts, advanced manufacturing and other crafts.
Students and staff held a groundbreaking ceremony for the $ 8 million Lee County Career and Technical Education Center in Tupelo on Thursday. The facility has been open to classes since mid-November after a year and a half of construction.
The centre’s two-year courses also include courses in unmanned aerial systems, education, health sciences, construction, agriculture, natural resources, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
Principal Amy Johnson told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that there were about 180 students enrolled this year. The center has a capacity of 360 students.
She told the newspaper that she hopes to partner with industries in the Lee County area that will allow students to do a third-year internship or apprenticeship in the field they are studying.
The Career and Engineering Center is the first building to be constructed in Lee County’s newest industrial park, âThe Hiveâ.
Voters in Lee County approved funding for the center in January 2020 as part of a $ 15 million bond issue.
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