Owensboro Public Schools says their 3 million dollar purchase of the former Texas Gas building and property is an excellent investment that will prepare students for careers in the Owensboro region. Owensboro Public Schools Superintendent Nick Brake says it's the right time to get high school students interested in fields like manufacturing because of retirements. "In the next four to five years you are going to see a major turnover in some of our manufacturing facilities: the aluminum industry, the food manufacturing industry, and of course with the opening of the new hospital," said Brake.
Owensboro Public Schools plans to develop the old Texas Gas property into a regional career and technical education center. Dr. Brake says the center will prepare students for productive careers in the region. "There's just a wealth of opportunity for us to align the offerings in this building to the local economy," said Brake.
Owensboro Public Schools says they are working close with multiple school districts and Owensboro Community and Technical College to form a partnership to serve high school students in the Owensboro region. "I think that the opportunity that we're hoping to provide to the region is going to be a great opportunity that will benefit the economy and will benefit future students," said Brake.
Dr. Brake says he hopes to have some programs taught in the buildings next fall and the whole center open by 2015.