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Tri-Tech Expansion Half Way Done

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Construction crews are now half way done expanding the Tri-Tech Skills Center in Kennewick.

2007 marks Tri-Tech's 25th anniversary. And for the next couple of months school leaders are celebrating with nail guns and hard hats.

The project gives students an additional 23,000 square feet of classroom space and costs $4.4 million.

Workers are braving the cold hoping to finish in less than 3 months. School leaders anticipate the expansion will make room for more students. It will give students an opportunity to get better real job experience before they graduate from high school.

"This is going to provide us with some new programs with state of the art equipment in a facility that feels very comfortable to the students and the teachers," said Director Gerry Ringwood, Tri-Tech Skills Center.     

Some of the programs that will benefit from the expansion include Dental Assisting, Nursing, Pre-Veterinarian, Culinary Arts, Auto Body, and Fire Science.

Tri-Tech plans to complete the expansion by mid April, and celebrate its anniversary May 17th.