When U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) toured this newly-completed facility, he stated that he’d seen other career and technical education centers, but not one as “extensive” as the Shihadeh Innovation Center. *
With the goal of training youth and adults to meet the demands of the regional job market, Shockey oversaw construction to transform the former John Kerr Elementary School in Winchester into the Emil and Grace Shihadeh Innovation Center. In the 46,400 SF complex, students practice job skills such as time management, communication, and conflict resolution.
The career and technical education (CTE) center houses three academies: Health Sciences, Advanced Technologies, and Professional Skills. Each academy provides simulated vocational experiences that mirror the “real” working world, equipping them with skills to help them find a job, regardless of whether they go to college.
Non-CTE classes, such as English, are also offered, enabling teachers to collaborate across disciplines. Among other features, the building includes space for welding labs, computer tech, medical, anatomy, physical therapy, and cybersecurity.
* Source: Winchester Star
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