Webster celebrates new tech ed center

Thursday, November 02, 2017

On the first day of school this year, students in the Webster Area School District got to take courses in construction and manufacturing.

Enrollment in the classes was more than double what the district planned, said Amy Miller, assistant high school principal in Webster. The district planned for about 80 students, and 170 enrolled.

“We’re over-the-moon excited about that,” Miller said. “They’re loving the new opportunities.”

At the end of September, the district, along with the Webster Area Development Corp. and several area industry partners, got together to celebrate the grand opening of the Career and Technical Education Center in the Lake Region Business Center in Webster.

The opening means the building came full circle in about a decade. The Lake Region Business Center was once a multi-district career and technical education school that had dwindling enrollment as schools closed and districts consolidated, shutting its doors in the aughts, Miller said.

“It’s kind of a monster on our Main Street,” Miller said.

After the building was sitting empty for a few years, the Webster Area Development Corp. purchased it and has been slowly renovating it, said Melissa Waldner, executive director of the development corporation. There are offices and now classrooms in the building.

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