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The Lenawee Intermediate School District Tech Center is expanding to meet the growing need in manufacturing and construction trades.
Two new additions started in March are taking shape, with construction crews on schedule to finish the building trades, as well as the welding and advanced manufacturing classroom expansions.
The welding and advanced manufacturing addition is 50-by-103 feet, while the new building trades floor space will be 31-by-60 feet. The projects are part of $2.3 million in available funding for the year’s capital improvements — $2.1 million of which is directed at the Tech Center’s main building — according to the LISD budget.
LISD Assistant Superintendent Kyle Griffith said the expansion project is a result of “a lot of conversations from businesses and industries.”
Griffith said there are not only growing opportunities in the manufacturing and construction markets, but the Tech Center’s spaces for teaching those skills were becoming too cramped due to student interest and new machinery.
Since the center opened in 1970 as the LISD Vocational-Technical Center — or Vo-Tech for short — the program has evolved and expanded to include 27 career, technical and education programs, the opening of a Jackson College campus on site, and a “middle college” program — the JC/LISD Academy — where high school students can earn college credit through dual enrollment.