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Washington High School currently offers boat building courses and is eagerly awaiting a new building to house these classes. Last week, the Beaufort County Schools Education Council hosted a zoom meeting to review offers for a new structure that will be located on the north side of the Washington High School campus. The proposed offer was approved and a vote was passed to accept the offer from Stocks and Taylor.

This 3,200 square foot building will allow students to gain hands-on experience in shipbuilding and prepare them for continuing education in the Beaufort County Community College Shipbuilding Studies program as well as other graduate programs. construction management within the UNC system.

The need for this program arose out of the comprehensive local needs assessment conducted every two years by the Director of Workforce, Innovation and STEM for BCS in conjunction with the Office of Economic Development, NC Works and Beaufort County Community College. This assessment drew attention to the need for skilled craftsmen in the local industry. Former manager Wendy Buck Petteway wrote an application for a Golden Leaf grant to fund this and several other program enhancements for BCS, after recognizing the urgent need for skilled craftspeople in several areas.

Project completion is scheduled for spring 2023.