John Kerr Elementary School in Winchester will soon become the Emil and Grace Shihadeh Innovation Center, whose goal will be to train youth and adults to meet the demands of the regional job market.
Shockey is overseeing construction to transform the former elementary school into a 46,400 SF career and technical education center that will house three academies — Health Sciences, Advanced Technologies and Professional Skills. Each academy will have simulated vocational experiences; students will practice job skills such as time management, communication, and conflict resolution. The new Innovation Center will give students experiences that mirror the “real” working world, equipping them with skills to help them find a job, regardless of whether they go to college.
Among other features, the building includes space for welding labs, computer tech, medical, anatomy, physical therapy, and cybersecurity.
Renovation began in January, and Shockey is slated to complete renovations by Dec. 1, with the building fully operational in January 2021. However, the COVID-19 pandemic may delay the opening because of potential shutdowns and supply chain issues. Watch for updates here.
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