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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 1, 2014

Taking shape

Kirkwood progresses toward August opening
By David Hotle | Mar 18, 2014
Kirkwood Washington Regional Director Tera Pickens, left, and Kirkwood Board member Karen Gorham tour the Washington Regional Center that is being constructed to offer additional classes to the area. The building will open Aug. 25.

Work is proceeding on the building that will house Kirkwood’s Washington Regional Center and all is on track for an Aug. 25 opening of the facility.
Regional Center Director Tera Pickens said that the facility is drywalled and many of the classrooms are painted. She also said that the stairs and the elevator have been installed. The majority of the windows are in and second floor lighting has been installed. Pickens said that the communications cable has been installed. Workers in the facility are now working on ceiling grids.
“It is coming along quickly,” she said. “The flooring needs to be put in yet. We haven’t started the stonework on the exterior of the building yet. There are still a few windows to be installed. We still have all of our finishing touches too.”
The official groundbreaking ceremony for the facility was May 13, 2013. Pickens said that Kirkwood summer classes, which are scheduled to end Aug. 5, would be held in the current facility. After the classes are over, the faculty will begin the main transition over to the new building, which offers much more space and several new programs.
When giving tours of the facility, Pickens is visibly proud of all the classes that will be offered at the center. She particularly spoke about the classes that are offered to high school students through the university. She also said that some of the classes would focus more on hands-on learning.
“We hope to offer something for everyone,” she said. “What is really nice is that we feel these programs will meet the needs of all students.”
Pickens also said that the ASSURE Center would move into the new building. She said the program, which is now predominantly Washington students, would share with other area schools.
She said that high school students hoping to enroll in dual-credit college-level courses should talk with a high school guidance counselor to ensure the time fits their schedule. The classes are offered at no cost. Pre-registration forms are due March 21. A student must also attend student orientation on April 7 at Washington High School.
Pickens said that no decision has been made about what will be done with the current Kirkwood and ASSURE Center buildings. She believes they will be sold.

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