KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Tri-Tech technical school is now 24,000 square feet larger. Thursday, State Senator Mike Hewitt joined school leaders for the celebration.
School officials say the new buildings will allow the school to create and expand a number of different programs. They say an auto body repair shop and construction trades program will be added.
Areas like the veterinary program at Tri-Tech will also have new exam and treatment rooms. The firefighting and law enforcment programs will also have new, larger places to work in.
Principal Gerry Ringwood says the expansion is a great way to celebrate the school's 25th anniversary. He says, "Our current programs and new expansion have allowed us to stay pretty much state of the art with what's going on in the industry."
The project cost $4.9 million and was 100% state-financed. Ringwood says the expansion also gives Tri-Tech the ability to have at least 160 more students at the school.
They say even more new programs are on the horizon, including a computer gaming program.