WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - A ribbon was torched and a campus was opened. Tuesday morning, people got a first look at the $38 million Career Education Center that will provide 26 different programs to high school students.
"I think the biggest emotion is probably relief," Superintendent, Michael Kuhrt said.
It will consist of programs that range from welding and construction to cosmetology, culinary arts, and nursing.
"We will have an actual job site," one teacher said.
"We will take students to a nursing facility to work with residents," another teacher said.
"We had a thought, we had a plan, we had a process," Superintendent Kuhrt said. "But actually getting that and making it all come-to-be has been pretty awesome."
Superintendent Kuhrt and CTE Director, Michelle Wood, said they want to use the facility to teach students a skill or trade to succeed in the workforce.
Wood said they also want kids to find out what they like and don't like because it will help them create a long-term plan.
"We're hoping that kids can enter the workforce with job-related skills," Wood said. "They may find something they love, or they might find out they don't like it."
"We want our students prepared for something," Superintendent Kuhrt said. "Whether it's to go to college, whether it's to enter the military, or whether it's to enter a career that provides you a livable wage."
WFISD's goal is to help students who might not go to college get certified so they can enter the job force and make a living.
"Those that are going to go to college, we want them to come here and experience some of those trades before they go to college and decide to major in something they don't like," Superintendent Kuhrt said.
The CEC does not just benefit the students that will be there, but it will also provide services to the community as well. Those services include car and computer repairs, as well as haircuts, and much more.
The campus has more than 1,300 students registered for at least one class at the CEC this year.
That classes will consist of primarily high school juniors and seniors. The CEC was a large part of the $59.5 million bond that voters passed in 2015.