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COVID-19 could push back opening of Shihadeh Innovation Center

17 April 2020 Covid19 Winchester News


The opening of Winchester Public Schools’ Emil and Grace Shihadeh Innovation Center could be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During a school board work session this week, it was announced work on the career and technology education facility, which will be housed in the former John Kerr Elementary School, is coming along as scheduled. However, the general contractor, Howard Shockey & Sons, notified school officials about the possibility of a delay in completing construction on time due to potential shutdowns and supply chain issues. Howard Shockey & Sons is set to complete renovations by Dec. 1, with the building fully operational in January 2021.

According to Winchester Public Schools, the Emil and Grace Shihadeh Innovation Center will prepare Winchester students and community members for the new workforce of tomorrow. The goal is to ensure that every student is prepared and empowered with a marketable skill that leads to full, high-paying employment and that every regional industry is fully supplied with dedicated, skilled workers that will sustain and improve their business model.

Three academies will be housed at the Innovation Center Information Technology Academy, Professional Skills Academy, and Health Sciences Academy each offering programs that will equip students with the skills and credentials needed for a career in their respective field.

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