Bryan ISD nears completion of new CTE complex

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX)- Bryan Independent School District’s $5 million Career Technical Education (CTE) complex will open its doors mid-July.

Currently, the CTE programs are offered at both Bryan High School and Rudder High School campuses.

Paul Buckner, the Energy and Construction Project Manager for Bryan ISD says they were turning kids away from classes due to room constraints, so a bigger facility was important.

"With the growing number of students, we're outpacing the building. So we came across this piece of property and purchased it last summer with the intentions of turning it into the Career Technical Education complex,” says Buckner.

The nearly 120-acre site off Mumford Road in Bryan will not only offer classes to BISD students, but Caldwell ISD and Snook ISD will be able to take classes there as well.

"Open seats, why leave them open if we can help some of the smaller school districts around us and utilize it as well,” says Buckner.

The campus will offer technical training certificates in welding, automotive, construction, and industrial engineering to students in the Brazos Valley. Students will also be able to take a class on the campus as an elective.

The goal is to prepare as many students as possible for jobs after high school.

"It is a certificate-driven program so they can finish with their certificates in these different trades to make them more employable outside of when they graduate high school,” Buckner says.

School officials hope to expand the campus further as the class sizes grow and be able to offer even more certificate opportunities for students in the Brazos Valley.