The facility was as soon as house to the Wildlife Experience would be the district’s new Innovation Center.
PARKER, Colorado — The Douglas County School District (DCSD) has bought the ability that used to home The Wildlife Experience and CU Denver South to expand scholar resources.
The building is about 175,000 sq. ft and shall be house to their new Innovation Center that can present Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Concurrent Enrollment (CE) alternatives for DCSD students. It can even home centralized employees workplaces, convention area and area for educational programming. The district mentioned the placement gives a centralized location for students throughout the district.
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“I’m so excited about the impact we’re going to have on others,” mentioned DCSD superintendent Corey Wise, “We look at this opportunity to build in our community, to build in students and take us to the next level for years to come.”
The district beforehand deliberate an identical challenge to assemble the Innovation Center and an Alternative Education School as a brand new campus on Pine Drive in Parker. In October of 2021, the Board of Education accepted putting the challenge on maintain due to price range considerations.
“As you look at construction costs, timelines, and COVID, that became financially cost prohibitive,” Wise mentioned. “It’s a combination of being in the right place at the right time, it’s a combination of preparation.”
According to the district, the brand new building was bought under market worth at $10.3 million, and a part of the funding comes from a bond that was handed in 2018 and cash-in-lieu funding.
“You can do more with less and that’s part of that fiscal responsibility not only to that bond…but to our community and to our future,” mentioned Wise.
“I look at this building as an investment in our community and an investment into our kids,” added district Executive Director of Schools Danny Winsor. “In a district that’s 800 square miles…you can’t allow the zip code to define the opportunities for our kids.”
In the brand new facility, students shall be ready to develop profession expertise whereas incomes highschool and school credit together with business certificates and school diplomas in profession fields just like the culinary arts and nursing.
“Kids don’t always come to school for math class or an English class,” Winsor mentioned. They come to college to have the option to attempt to faucet into no matter that keenness perhaps.”
“Advanced manufacturing, engineering, aviation and aeronautical engineering…these are programs that universities want to have and that we already have and want to keep building upon,” Wise mentioned.
The new heart is ready to open in August of 2023, and DCSD mentioned CU will hold the nursing program working there.
“We look at this opportunity to build in our community, to build in students and take us to the next level for years to come,” Wise mentioned.
To get extra data on the Innovation Center at CU South and Alternative Education School in Parker head to their web site.
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