District to break ground on new CTE campus

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:30am

FutureForward at Washington Square campus expected to open in Fall 2020

District leaders, community representatives and industry partners will celebrate the start of construction in July on FutureForward at Washington Square, the district’s new career and technical education campus.

A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 23. Click here to RSVP to attend 

The start of construction on the new campus fulfills a promise of the community-supported 2016 Bond Program to expand CTE opportunities for students across the district. An estimated 25 percent of students interested in CTE opportunities at the district’s existing Bollman Technical Education Center are currently turned away because of a shortage of program space.

The new campus, located near 126th Avenue and Washington Street in Thornton, is scheduled to open in Fall 2020 and is expected to increase CTE opportunities for district students by as much as 80 percent.

"It is our privilege to serve a wide range of students, and it is our obligation to provide each of them with the guidance, resources and skills to achieve success through a multitude of pathways, whether that be a four-year college or university experience, earning an associate degree from a community college, attaining an industry credential, joining the military or entering directly into the workforce,” said Priscilla Straughn, Five Star Schools Chief Academic Officer.  “With the addition of a second CTE campus, additional students will have the opportunity to receive a high-quality technical education experience and obtain in-demand skills that lead to post-secondary success.”

“Thanks to the generosity of our community, the Five Star District has the unique opportunity to expand our CTE programming pathways and facilities to meet the needs identified by our students and their families, as well as our community and projected workforce needs,” she added.

The 49,000-square-foot Washington Square campus - named for the business park where it will be located - will offer existing district CTE programs such as construction trades, welding, an introductory diesel mechanic course and EMT training. Programming will expand to include criminal justice, forensic science and fire science programs as well as an advanced diesel mechanic program.

FutureForward encompasses all career and technical education programming districtwide. FutureForward gives all students a competitive advantage as they enter college, career or the military. Students in FutureForward: Explore opportunities that prepare them for high-demand careers and give them an edge entering college; Engage in authentic, hands-on learning; and Equip themselves with relevant, rigorous and practical skills. There are two FutureForward campuses offering unique career-oriented programming: FutureForward at Bollman and FutureForward at Washington Square. Programs are also available at each of the district’s five comprehensive high schools.

In addition to the new CTE campus construction, a two-year bond renovation project began this summer to update facilities and programming at the Bollman campus.

Follow the construction of the new campus at https://www.adams12.org/2016-bond-program/projects/futureforwardcampus