Ribbon-cutting to be Oct. 5 at county’s newest school

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At 3 p.m. Oct. 5, the community is invited to a ribbon-cutting for the Career and Technical Center @ Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road. After the ribbon-cutting, there will be tours and refreshments. Parking is available at the rear of the building.

Chesterfield County’s newest school and second technical center, the Career and Technical Center @ Hull is housed in the old Clover Hill High School facility, which has been transformed into a sparkling, state-of-the-art home for career and technical education. Completed for $31 million — about a third of what it would cost to build a new facility — the Career and Technical Center @ Hull has immediately become the model for revitalization in Chesterfield County. In the words of one student, “You guys should go into the extreme school makeover business.”

The second technical center allowed about 400 additional students to enroll in career and technical education courses for the 2014-15 school year. CTC@Hull offers 11 new fields, including firefighting, global logistics, homeland security, physical therapy and barbering, and replicates four courses offered at the Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse (formerly known as the Chesterfield Technical Center), including culinary arts and veterinary services.

The 197,000-square-feet facility also houses Academy 360, which helps struggling eighth-graders catch up academically so they can start high school on time, and will soon function as more than a school. In October, staff members from the Fulghum Center and the Instruction Division Center will begin moving their offices to the Career and Technical Center @ Hull. This community asset also includes a conference center and auditorium that will soon be buzzing with activities and events.