MOSES LAKE -- The Grant County Skills Center is a step closer to becoming a reality after the state Legislature allocated $19.41 million for the project.
The 43,120 square feet facility, to be located on an about 8.5 acre site owned by the Moses Lake School District on Yonezawa Boulevard, will serve eight Grant County school districts: Moses Lake, Quincy, Wilson Creek, Ephrata, Warden, Coulee-Hartline, Grand Coulee Dam and Royal, as well as the Othello School District in Adams County.
Each school district will be allocated a certain number of spots for students at the skills center based on their full time equivalent student counts.
The initial programs offered at the skills center will be advanced construction, manufacturing technology, advanced culinary, dental hygiene, pre-health care, and robotics/engineering, according to Christine Armstrong, director of vocational programs for the Moses Lake School District.
Now that the money has been allocated, the school district needs about 60 days to update the design of the skills center to comply with building codes, said Moses Lake School District Superintendent Michelle Price.
After the design is updated, the school district will accept bids for construction of the center. Price expects the money allocated for the project to be available in June, she said.