Students at Lorenzo ISD will soon have another option to choose from upon graduating high school.
Partnering with Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater, the district announced plans to build a new career technology center, located on Highway 62/82. With the first building focusing on diesel technology, students who begin the program as a junior will graduate with 13 hours towards diesel certification.
"it is a need for this area," Superintendent Jerrod Pickering said. "there is a big agricultural base, so there are tractors, the minerals and oils that are coming up here, we need people to work on that equipment, those trucks. The Ports-to-Plains corridor running right through Lubbock, so there's a big trucking need there. I have called different industries in Lubbock, I have seen the need there."
He said the center will help open doors for those students, whether the pursue the degree in college or not.
"the experience they will get in these first two years of classes will be enough to go on and secure a job as a diesel tech in a lot of industries. One company in particular that I called in Lubbock said within two years, their diesel techs can be making six figures, and they want people, they are looking for people to help maintain this equipment."
Pickering said the building is scheduled to open in August of 2014.