WATERLOO — Three of the four additional career and technical education programs to be offered by Waterloo Community Schools next fall have been announced.
They include digital interactive media, marketing management, and web programming and development. A fourth program will be determined at a later date. The four will join five other programs that have already started.
Students from all district high schools will be able to enroll in the programs at the Waterloo Career Center, housed in Central Middle School. Cedar Falls High School students can also sign up for the programs through an agreement with Waterloo Schools. The concurrent classes are offered in 90-minute blocks and earn both high school and Hawkeye Community College credit.
The announcement follows the Board of Education’s unanimous approval Monday to move forward with seeking bids on nearly $14 million in remodeling at the center. Included in the 80,000 square-foot project is renovations of two floors on the school’s north end and a new 2,500 square foot entrance. Eventually, the remodeled space will host 15 career pathway programs.
Jeff Frost, executive director of professional technical education for the district, said the new programs will be located on the second floor, where renovations will start in January. Currently, programs are all located on the first floor.
“There’ll be shared lab space between multiple programs,” he said, noting some similarities between those starting next fall. The programs could even share some classes.
Current pathways at the center, which opened last fall, are nursing, digital graphics, advanced manufacturing, early childhood education and information technology-networking. Frost said information technology and digital graphics will join the new programs on the second floor.
As far as the fourth new program, “I would expect something out in the next couple weeks,” he added. Officials are coordinating with architects on the construction schedule before making that announcement.
“We’re just waiting to see with phasing where they’ll be with rooms.”
The career center renovation and expansion will be paid for with existing district funds available through the 1 percent sales tax.