A two million dollar project is underway at a local career center. It’s expected to bring more opportunities to students next school year.
From welding to car repair. Nearly 340 students are working on their crafting skills.
Don Burd, Executive Director of Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center, says a 1.1 million dollar state grant will go towards two new buildings for in demand programs.
“Auto mechanics is one program that we have to turn students away. So the new shop will allow us to almost double the number of students we can allow in that program.”
The other building will be an open workshop for carpentry, electrical and HVAC programs. New projects can be achieved in these bigger spaces.
“The idea is that we would like to be building modular homes indoors so the students get that real world experience of what it takes to build a house beginning to end.”
State Senator Jake Corman helped secure the grant for HCCTC.
“Coming here personally it gives you a better perspective of what the need is and you definitely see the need.”
He says this type of education is valuable for local employers.
“The welding is very popular, auto mechanic as well. So these are areas that employers need people with skill, which is the most important thing. You always try to match up our education curriculum with and employers and what employees in the area need.”
Burd says not only will these buildings open up hands on experience, it will change the classroom as well.
“Currently our instructors have to share a classroom with another instructor so this project also allows us to give every program and every instructor their own classroom space.
Burd says that other programs will also be able to grow enrollment because of the new buildings.
He hopes to break ground this Spring and see the space ready for the next school year.