Walla Walla Gets a New Educational Facility
For the first time high schoolers in the Walla Walla area will have access to classes in technical skills like welding and the construction trades at their local community college.
A new state funded facility is set up to train regional high school students in construction trades, welding, renewable resources and health occupation programs.
It's called the SEA-TECH Skills Center (short for Southeast Area Technical Skills Ctr) and the ground breaking took place right on the Walla Walla College campus.
Contractors have already begun digging up the land off East Isaacs Road, where the new facility will be located.
Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Mick Miller says the important thing is to keep young people engaged and educated within their own communities.
"We believe that each one of these programs can give students their initial skills to go out to work, and if not, they can go directly to the community college to get additional skills. And then the goal is to go right into employment in the Walla Walla Valley," said Miller.
The skills center will also be available to students in the Dayton, Waitsburg, Touchet, Prescott, and College Place districts.
Discussions on this project started six years ago, and $11 million was raised, and funded through the state. But that was just 90% of the bill.
Walla Walla Community College stepped up and provided the last 10% by donating the land where the facility will stand.
The building is expected to be complete around this time next year, with classes beginning in the fall of 2014.