Construction began in May 2019, and the south and north wings of the project are already complete and being used by students and staff.
The south wing contains programs including agriculture and livestock production, diesel power technologies, heavy equipment operation and veterinary science.
The north wing houses the automotive programs and aviation maintenance, plus some temporary academic classroom space, including a precision machining lab, until the main “building spine” section is completed.
Veterinary science students at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center in Englewood take vitals on puppies in the newly opened south wing of the school. Contributed photo
The district will host an open house in 2022 for the soon-to-be-completed multi-purpose activity center and two completed wings of the building that contain the agricultural and transportation programs.
The career tech center serves students from 27 school districts in Montgomery, Miami, Preble and Darke counties. MVCTC has dozens of programs for high school juniors and seniors ranging from graphic art, carpentry and HVAC, to pre-nursing, computer coding and firefighting/EMS.
But in recent years, Weldy said the school has had to turn away 200-400 students per year because it was at capacity. A school that has served 1,600 to 1,800 students will soon house “well over 2,000″ each year.
Safety and technology are two other improvements from the project. The renovation puts much more of the campus under a single roof with controlled entrances, rather than having students shuttle between multiple buildings with less secure doors.
The project also pays for up-to-date career tech equipment. In some programs such as precision machining and welding, the school had been training students on equipment that was decades old.
After demolition of the east building this fall, MVCTC hopes to finish the Multipurpose Activity Center in January or February, the agricultural complex in August, the “building spine” at the end of 2022 and the west building at the end of 2023.
Class of 2021 students in the MVCTC construction program worked as pre-apprentices for Level MB Construction during the career tech center expansion project. They built the pergola shown here for the school's Retail Agriculture Services Program. Contributed photo