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Career center awaits community vote

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By: Lauren Fabrizi

It's up to the people of Lincoln whether a new career center will make its way into the capital city.

The $26 million project is included in LPS' $153 million bond issue that's currently under consideration by Lincoln voters. If approved, the new career center would be built on Southeast Community College's campus, and would allow for a more hands–on approach to learning for high school students.

"Students need particular skills to be successful, whether their goal is to be employed immediately after high school, after a two-year degree, four-year degree," John Neal, asst. superintendent of LPS said. "It has to be focused in an area in order to find their niche with their passion in the world of the future."

The two–floor building would take up about 120,000 square feet and would house 1,000 students. Sixteen programs including agriculture, business, education and manufacturing would be taught in the center, and would feature a number of tools and equipment specific to each program.

LPS high school students would be transported to and from the center everyday in the morning before the rest of their classes, or in the afternoon after their other classes. 

Neal thinks the proposed career center would fit right in to Lincoln's fast–growing community.

"It'll hopefully provide economic growth and vitality to Lincoln and its surrounding areas," Neal said.

The proposed career center would open in the fall of 2015. If approved, Neal hopes the program will not only provide high school students with a paper degree, but will also help them find the perfect career.

"If they leave with that kind of education and that kind of vision and passion, I think we'll have a very successful program," Neal said.

Ballots for the bond issue were sent out Wednesday. They must be marked and sent to the Commissioner's Office at 601 N. 46th Street by 5 p.m. on Feb. 11.

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