With the voters’ approval this month of Measure C, Clovis Community College plans to build a third building on campus that will cater to Career Technical Education classes, said Charles Francis, director of Clovis Community College’s Herndon campus.
Francis spoke to the local High Speed Rail Support Group on Friday about the State Center Community College District’s $485 million bond and how it will help the college train the job force of the future.
Academic Center 3 will house Career Technical Education courses. Currently, Clovis Community College’s CTE courses include information systems technology (IT), business administration, child development, criminology, dental assisting, aviation maintenance technology, manufacturing technology and more.
“When we build AC3, we’re going to have things like welding and manufacturing and a lot of construction CTE courses,” Francis said.
The hope is that future students will gain the skills they need to work on high-speed rail or similar projects, Francis said.
“All of our CTE programs have advisory committees that keep current on what’s needed in the industry and the workforce and make sure that we’re going in the right direction,” he said.
The construction of AC3 is estimated to be completed by 2020, Francis said.
The High Speed Rail Authority estimates the first construction package of the rail line, from Avenue 17 in Madera to American Avenue in Fresno, will be completed by 2023, said Robert Campbell, a transportation engineer for the authority, who also spoke at the rail support meeting.
The High Speed Rail Support Group’s next luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 29 at Chevy’s, 7634 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno. Details: email@example.com.