Business and education leaders in the Tyler community celebrated the ceremonial breaking of ground on the first project connected with Tyler ISD’s $160.5 million bond package.
The $33.5 million career and technical education (CTE) center will serve students at John Tyler and Robert E. Lee high schools and is scheduled to open in fall 2015.
Students will attend their upper-level (junior and senior year) career and technical
education classes in this building and have the opportunity to earn certifications in various programs by the time they graduate high school.
The two-story building will measure 145,000 square feet and be located near the intersection of Earl Campbell Parkway and Bennett Avenue near the Tyler Junior College West Campus.
It will feature space for programs in the health sciences, business and industry, technology, arts and hospitality and public service.
A sampling of some of the programs that will be offered there includes: criminal justice, auto collision and repair, cosmetology, culinary arts, engineering, construction/architecture and information technology.
Tom Mullins, president/CEO of the Tyler Economic Development Council, said this is one of four training and education related programs that are in the works in this area and together they have great potential to influence the workforce and the economy, he said. Studies show many high-skilled technology jobs that go unfilled each year, Mullins said.
“With these projects and this one in particular, Tyler’s taking a big step forward in meeting those needs and providing the workforce for the future,” he said.
TISD’s CTE director Misti Rasure said this campus will give the community the opportunity to develop its own talent and help students be successful in whatever career path they choose.
She said through this campus, the school district will have the opportunity to build on its partnerships with area colleges and universities, businesses and the city to give students a premier education and make them competitive.
District Superintendent Gary Mooring credited the community with passing the bond proposal and reiterated the collaboration that will be needed to make this campus successful.
TISD voters approved the bond proposal in May. It includes six projects: The construction of the career and technical education center; new Boulter and Moore middle schools, a new middle school in southwest Tyler and the completion of renovations/additions at Rice and Dixie elementary schools.