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A cool, blustery, morning didn’t lessen the enthusiasm of students, staff and District officials who attended the ribbon cutting celebration for the new Warren Tech South Campus Sept. 24. Warren …
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A cool, blustery, morning didn’t lessen the enthusiasm of students, staff and District officials who attended the ribbon cutting celebration for the new Warren Tech South Campus Sept. 24.
Warren Tech Principal, Heather Keeton, overflowed with excitement as she spoke about the dedication of her team. Keeton said construction of the new Career and Technical Education (CTE) facility was the culmination of a years-long dream and the highlight of her career in education.
New Jeffco Schools Superintendent, Tracy Dorland, said Warren Tech advances the District’s mission by providing a competitive edge in college and career readiness for Jeffco students. As evidence of that statement, she pointed out that Warren Tech was this year’s winner of the Colorado Succeeds Prize for technology-enabled learning.
“I believe that this campus is an amazing extension of the awesome CTE opportunities we already provide for kids and it has the potential to change the trajectory of kids’ lives,” she said.
Former board member and longtime District leader, Ron Mitchell, was thrilled to see the result of a project he championed for years.
“This is a very special day. This is a day I have wanted to celebrate for a long time,” he said. “We’re thankful to everyone who has made this possible. That starts with the voters and goes through our construction team. There’s been a lot of work done by a lot of people. I’m excited about it. It opens a ton of opportunities for our students to realize their dreams.”
Sarah Falco is one of those students. A junior at Dakota Ridge High School, Falco is studying video production and post-production at the new campus.
“I love it here. It’s such a creative and welcoming space,” she said. “I think it’s really cool that students get the opportunity to do what they love and what they’re interested in.”
Falco said she would love to go into the production industry in some capacity in the future.
Video students at Warren Tech get an overview of all aspects of video production including editing, lighting, shooting and working with talent.
Austin Martin is one of Falco’s classmates. He says filmmaking has always been a passion. He said it’s awesome to have access to all of the equipment, but he really likes the idea of directing.
The new South campus is the third Warren Tech facility in the metro area joining the North and Central campuses which have been in operation for years. Jeffco students can choose from 37 programs across the three facilities where they receive Post-Secondary Workforce Readiness (PWR) skills. According to the Warren Tech website, students earn 13,000 free college credits and 1,000 industry certifications yearly.
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