Classroom expansion is expected to begin this May in the downstairs wing of the Lorain County JVS and be ready for students to use this fall.
The biggest changes in the 20,000-square-foot area will be more space for early childhood education students and — for the first time at the school — a dedicated section for its health sciences program.
MKC Associates, an architecture and engineering firm based in Columbus, is drawing up plans for the project after its $65,000 bid was approved by the JVS board in December.
There are no preliminary estimates for construction costs yet, said school superintendent Glenn Faircloth.
“We’re talking the necessary steps right now to find out what the overall cost will be,” he said. “Many classes already meet down there but this will open up a lot more space.”
The JVS offers a two-year program where students can earn up to 19 college credits, become a certified state-tested nurse’s aide, and gain access to internships.
“This will give them true facilities that are within industry standards. We also saw improvements that could be made with what’s available for early childhood in terms up functionality and convenience,” said Faircloth.
Early childhood education students work with children ages three to five on the JVS campus and travel to elementary schools, day care centers, and Head Start programs in the area. They can also earn 120 classroom hours toward a Child Development Associate certification.
The JVS added to its upstairs last summer to make more room for an influx of incoming freshmen.
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