Prairie View High School STEM/CTE Center moving forward 

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It’s getting to be old hat for 27J Schools and city officials. 

They – and others – turned out Aug. 26 for the second groundbreaking for 27J Schools’ STEM and CTE Center. This one was at Prairie View High School. 

A voter-approved $515 million bond package made the STEM centers possible at Brighton,  Riverdale Ridge and Prairie View high schools. Officials think the project at PVHS will be finished by the time school begins in 2023. 

The 50,000-square-foot center will include classes in construction, sports medicine and personal training, certified nursing assistant/phlebotomy/EKG, biomed, a culinary lab, information technology and photography and graphic design. 

When he was in high school, Commerce City Mayor Ben Huseman said he had enough credits to graduate early. 

“So, I loaded up my schedule with any technical education I could find,” he said. “It kept me from doing boring things like math.” 

Huseman retired from the service eight years ago. 

“The courses I took set me up for success,” he said. “They set me up to provide for my family.” 

27J Schools Board of Education President Greg Piotraschke said the STEM Center at Prairie View will accommodate 350 students. 

“We can better serve students interested in earning college credit,” he said. “These opportunities will benefit our local businesses.” 

"This will provide students with hands-on training for when they leave high school,” Brighton Mayor Greg Mills said. “This is more critical than ever. "

“This is about you. This is for you,” said Adams County Commissioner Steve O’Dorisio. “Welcome to the world of adulting. You’re going to do great things because of this center.” 

27J Schools Superintendent Chris Fiedler said the programs will enable students to either find jobs, enlist in the armed services or head to some form of post-secondary education. PVHS senior Joey Contreras won’t be able to take advantage of the new programs. But he plans to return to campus to check in on the program. 

“It will make students want to go to school more often,” he said. “It will make more students want to come to this school. I’m friends with a lot of the underclassmen. You are going to learn a lot more, and this will add a lot more programs than any other school has.” 

“Don’t let anyone convince you that the education you receive here is less important than what you receive in the other building,” Huseman said. “You owe it to yourself to take advantage of the opportunities this center is going to provide.” 

 

 

 

27J Schools, Prairie View High School, Prairie View STEM/CTE Center, Chris Fiedler, Ben Huseman, Greg Mills

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