Career Tech Center renovation project approved by CCISD

Jen Norkol/Submitted to the Daily Mining Gazette A view of the sign at the Career Tech Center. The center will be going through some renovations and upgrades which should be completed by 2019

The Copper Country Intermediate School District board approved a bid for renovations to the Career and Technical Education Center to MJO Contracting, Inc., of Hancock, Michigan, at a cost of $648,282.

CTE Director Shawn Kolbus informed the board that the bid was within budget. He said that most of the project will be done by subcontractors, for roofing, wiring, heating and cooling.

They are expecting to have new labs and classrooms for Welding/Manufacturing, Construction and Health Careers at the CTE Center in Hancock.

Kolbus informed the board that there will be a new classroom and lab for the Certified Nursing Assistant students in the Houghton County Medical Care Facility as well, thanks to the generosity of the Portage Health Foundation and the HCMF board.

Kolbus expressed his gratitude for the community’s support in helping the program receive the CTE grant last month.

“We will be able to do more for students sooner than if we had to wait for millage dollars to become available,” said Kolbus.

Kolbus also mentioned the increase of interest in CTE classes.

“To date, I have over 450 kids that have expressed interest in our programs,” said Kolbus. “That’s huge for us.”

They expect for the renovations to be done by Aug. 1, with a potential open house in mind once all equipment is put in.

The board also approved Community Transition Program teacher Karyn Juntunen’s proposal to initiate the foundation and construction of the greenhouse structure that was donated from Copper Country Mental Health, with hopes of it to being completed and functional by April, 2019.

The board discussed the Copper Country Association of School Boards nominations, the state refund checks, and briefly spoke about the virtual reality kits, which are now complete, before going into closed session to plan for the superintendent’s evaluation.