Career Technical Center expanding to meet increased student enrollment

Limestone County Career Technical Center received $1 million for upgrades

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. - Limestone County School District is making a major investment as more students show interest in technical fields. 

The Limestone County Career Technical Center was given $1 million by the school district to upgrade its classrooms. Director Vince Green said the current space just wasn't enough to support the growing student body.  

Student enrollment at the Limestone County Career Technical Center has nearly doubled. "We have seven high schools that bring students to us; our current enrollment is 1,017 students," said Green. 

Green believes more students are interested because they can work on getting a two-year technical degree. "They can get credentials, they can get dual enrollment for college courses, they can get articulated college courses through us, so there's a lot that can be done before they graduate high school which is a great savings to the parent."

The center offers 20 programs. The classrooms for the most popular ones are expanding. 

"In the culinary, we're expanding the kitchen area, it's kind of small so we moved the wall. We built a serving table line that our instructor can do some demonstrations and actually the students will have their own tables where students can do the food preparation demonstration, and then we expanded the cafeteria area," explained Green.

The collision department is getting a larger paint booth and new framing machine. The center works closely with industries to find out which skills are in high demand.

"Industrial maintenance, construction, and health sciences and we're working closely trying to incorporate simulated workplace in our school,” said Green.

The culinary room will be ready to use when students come back from fall break. The collision department will be finished early next year. 

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