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Tallassee adding career tech program

By Michael Butler

The Tallassee City School system has a new professional learning and career tech center. It will be located in the former Carquest store next to J. E. "Hot" O'Brien Stadium.

"We wanted to focus on those two areas," Superintendent Wade Shipman said. "We're having a push toward professional learning in terms of our administrators and faculty."

The building is approximately 5,000 square feet.

"We're trying to get it ready to put a classroom in it. We're putting a bathroom in," Shipman added. "We're going to start classes in the fall. We're going to be a little bit pushed to be in by the first day of school."

Shipman said some classes could initially be held at the high school if necessary.

Industrial maintenance, machining and computer information systems classes will be offered. Honors English will also be available through the program.

Tech Center with J. E. "Hot" O'Brien Stadium in the background

"All of these will be dual enrollment classes with the partnership we have with Trenholm State Technical College," said Shipman. "We're exploring health service related courses. In the future, the goal is to have some welding classes and possibly some air conditioning courses."

The school system is partnering with local business and industry with its curriculum.

"It involves possibly helping us with equipment," Shipman noted, "and providing training opportunities for future workers."

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