OCCUPATIONAL CENTER IN WORKS.
SANTA CLARITA -- With an aim to better prepare students for the working world, the Hart high school district plans to turn a warehouse into an occupational center.
The William S. Hart Union High School District already has an occupational program with about 35 offerings at a time. Areas of study include masonry, hotel operations, floristry, animal care, silk-screen printing and forensics.
The district surveyed businesses to line up fields of study at the proposed Santa Clarita Valley Occupational Center, which it hopes to open by the end of 2007.
``It would offer more opportunities, and that's what we try to do here, is we try to offer opportunities for students,'' said Ron Rudzinski, supervisor of career visions for the district.
The district wants to renovate a warehouse near its headquarters building, and put the occupational center there. Preliminary plans call for five areas of study; construction, machine manufacturing, culinary arts, retail and landscaping.
The district's occupational program already covers some of those areas, but classes are spread out at different sites instead of being in one place.
The Santa Clarita Valley Occupational Center would serve the district's students during the day, and in the evening adults could take classes as well.
The cost of building the facility has not been determined.
``It's not like building a whole new high school or something, it's not that kind of a cost,'' Rudzinski said.