MEXICO – As the campus renovation project draws to a close, students and staff at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation are reaping the rewards of new student program work spaces.
The project got off the ground in 2011, after all nine component districts voted in approval of the renovations, which included improved classrooms and equipment upgrades.
Prior to the renovation project, CiTi’s Mexico campus hadn’t received significant modernization efforts since opening in the late 1960s.
While the renovation project is not expected to be fully finished until the spring, some CiTi programs are already beginning to flourish in their new work environments.
Public Safety and Justice teacher Mark Bender said the program moved into its new work space about a month ago and noted that the new area offers students more hands-on learning experiences.
“I would say this space offers a nice, controlled environment,” Bender said. “We can do drills a lot more frequently and not have to wait until spring.”
As part of the campus renovation, the Culinary Arts program received a major transformation to its kitchen, providing students with more space to practice their craft.
Culinary Arts sous chef Samuel Passer said the more spacious work area equates to more cooking and happier students.
In cosmetology, updated facilities emulate a “real world” atmosphere and give students the feeling of a workplace setting.
“It makes it feel like an actual salon,” student Alex Mueller said. “It’s more of a working atmosphere than the feeling of being in school.”
Hunter Ouderkirk, a student in the Advanced Metal Manufacturing program, said the biggest difference with the program’s new work space is the amount of room students have to work.
“It’s a lot bigger, which is nice for us,” Ouderkirk said. “I like to make parts for my dirt bike, so it’s nice to have a bigger area to work.”