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Perry Technical Institute Will Expand to Accommodate Student Body Increase

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Yakima's Perry Technical Institute is experiencing some serious student body growth, and there's even a waiting list for some programs. Yakima's Perry Technical Institute is experiencing some serious student body growth, and there's even a waiting list for some programs.

YAKIMA, WA - It's a problem most post-secondary schools would love to have. Yakima's Perry Technical Institute is experiencing some serious student body growth, and there's even a waiting list for some programs.

But with growth comes over-crowding. Perry Tech said they're at capacity, their facilities are stretched out and they can't add another student or program. So what to do?

Perry Technical Institute President Christine Cote says in order to grow, they have to expand. The institute launched a capital campaign to raise $7.5 million to construct a new building. It will house Perry's Instrumentation Program.

"It will also free up space for us to expand our electrical program, our welding program, our machine program and we'll also have space to add new programs," said Cote.

Cote said with the expansion, they could admit around 200 more students.

Perry Tech has already raised half of their $7.5 million goal. Once they get the other half, staffers said it'll take about a year to build and they'll start in the fall of 2014.

The new building will be named "Plath Hall" in honor of longtime supporter Fred Plath and his wife Dorothy.

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