SUNNYSIDE -- Sunnyside will become home to a satellite campus of YV-Tech.
The Legislature set aside $6.2 million in its recently passed supplemental budget to construct a branch campus of the Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center that offers free technical career training to students from 16 area school districts.
The 12,000-square-foot building would house YV-Tech's welding, nursing and medical office assistant programs, while an auto mechanics class may be started in the district's nearby bus garage.
"It's been a dream of the Sunnyside School District for the past 20 years," said Curtis Campbell, a school district spokesman.
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Currently, Lower Valley high schools bus students daily to YV-Tech in Yakima. That costs money and takes away time from class.
The Sunnyside campus, to be located on the east end of town near the airport, would be closer for students from Grandview, Sunnyside, Mabton and Granger.
Administrators with the Sunnyside district and YV-Tech have been lobbying the state for the campus for about six years, Campbell said. Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, helped champion the funding through the Legislature, Campbell said.
Construction is scheduled to start on the school after funds are released in July.