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Bryan ISD announces new career & technology center

With the new facility, the district will be able to add more classrooms in popular programs like welding and cosmetology.

BRYAN, Texas—A facility that once housed a military defense company will soon be opening its doors to high school students.

Bryan ISD Superintendent, Dr. Christie Whitbeck made the announcement on Monday.

“Our Bryan ISD Board of Trustees today voted to spend approximately $5 million to purchase property located on Mumford Road. Some may know this as the BMI defense property,” said Whitbeck.

The 119-acre campus will be the new home to the Bryan ISD Career and Technology Education Center, allowing the district to expand programs that in the past have been closed due to capacity for many students.

The Brazos County Economic Development Foundation voted Monday to sell the property to Bryan ISD.

District officials said the number of students taking Career and Technology or CTE classes has doubled.

Currently, Bryan ISD offers 94 CTE courses. With the new facility, the district will be able to add more classrooms in popular programs like welding and cosmetology.

They’ll also be able to accommodate up to 1,200 students per day.

Something that will not only allow students to graduate with top job skills, but also help workforce and economic development in the Brazos Valley.

“Every chance that we can grow workforce in this community is a win for everyone,” said City of Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson.

District leaders said the new campus will only need minimal renovations to make it classroom ready.

Dr. Whitbeck also said the $5 million price tag is coming from district savings, meaning no bond election nor an increase for tax payers.

The district anticipates the campus to be open in the 2019-2020 school year.

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