Wash. Auto Tech Program Needs New Home

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Nov. 15, 2018—The Moses Lake School in Washington state only has a few months to find a new home for its automobile repair and technology classes, the Columbia Basin Herald reported.

The district in Washington currently rents space for its automotive repair program from the Big Bend Community College. Now, the buildings hosting the program are to be torn down. Currently, Moses Lake High School employs one full-time auto instructor who teaches around 100 students every semester. In addition, CB Tech’s auto program has an additional full-time teacher and one part-time instructor, and enrolls students from a number of surrounding school districts as well. 

Renting a garage or shuttered warehouse will not be an option as state regulations governing "learning spaces" still apply. 

The state's Running Start program allows high school students to complete basic college general education courses and graduate from high school with an associate's degree as well. Now, there are minimal numbers of students participating in the technical education portion of the program.

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