Page County Technical Center unveils new building

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PAGE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV)-- Monday marked a big milestone for education in Page County, with the ribbon cutting on the new health sciences building at Page County Technical Center.

"This building is a testament to what happens when a community comes together and works together," Page County Schools Superintendent Donna Whitley-Smith.

Over a year ago, the shell of the building was put up with some of the leftover money from the construction of Page County High School and Luray High School.

On Monday, Mrs. Whitley-Smith along with Principal Roger Mello and Virginia Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Staples dedicated the building.

School leaders say the new facilities will help them prepare students for successful careers after high school.

"The health support professions are growing at 28 percent in the next 10 years so a lot of our young people are going to have opportunities to enter the middle class through certifications that they gain here," said Mello.

The space left by moving the health sciences programs, which will provide the base courses for more than dozen health careers, will leave room for new programs.

Mello explained, "add HVAC and add cyber-security, our goal is to be the first high school in the state of Virginia perhaps in the nation that offers an apprenticeship program with our high school seniors, our local cyber companies and Lord Fairfax Community College."

Students will start to move into the new facility next month. The rest of the building not paid for by the arbitrage funds was paid for by the board of supervisors and technical center foundation and other community leaders.