Plans are for the Cowan Campus to become CV Tech's health campus. Dirt work is underway for a planned $20 million project that will provide an additional 64,000 square feet of educational space, effectively doubling the size of the campus.
Practical Nursing will be relocated from El Reno to the Cowan Campus once construction is completed in Summer 2021.
CV Tech is collaborating with the Dean McGee Eye Institute to create a new ophthalmic technician program. Other planned new programs at the Cowan Campus include dental assisting and surgical technology.
New construction will also include a seminar center built to FEMA-rated storm shelter standards.
Already, a Health Careers program and high school-only Biomedical Sciences program operate at the 30-acre site that is strategically located between the district's two largest cities (Mustang and Yukon).
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A $10 million, 40,000-square-foot addition is fully underway. Red iron supports and steel truses are being added daily within the recently erected Prefabricated concrete tilt walls.
New space will allow for expansion of Aviation Maintenance to also include high school students, Lutts said. The program currently accepts only post-secondary students, most of which are preparing for Airframe and Powerplant (or A&P) certification.
Mechatronics is another new program being planned at El Reno. As a result of emerging smart technologies, a need has been created in industry for technicians who understand multi-disciplinary concepts. A certified technician, for instance, might repair a malfunctioning industrial robot on an assembly line.
The school’s Pre-Engineering program – currently housed at the Cowan Campus – will be relocated to the El Reno Campus once construction is complete. Sophomores were added to the Pre-Engineering Academy for the first time in the 2018-19 school year. School officials envision Pre-Engineering students collaborating extensively with students in other related programs, including Mechatronics.
Project proceeds will be provided through lease purchasing and repaid with school building fund receipts, said Superintendent Dr. Gayla Lutts.
MA+ Architects of Oklahoma City was hired as the architectural firm for the two projects, and CMSWillowbrook of Oklahoma City is the construction manager for both. The same firms were tabbed to design and reconstruct the El Reno Campus, which re-opened in January 2017.