Work is under way on two building projects at Burdick Job Corps Center paid for through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Wayde Sick, deputy center director, said the projects include an enlargement of the culinary arts and dining area and an extension to the academic wing of the administration building. The total cost of the projects will be between $800,000 and $900,000.
Sick said the expansion of the culinary arts and dining area is necessary to accommodate the needs of the popular culinary arts program.
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Construction is under way on expansion projects at Burdick Job Corps Center.
"There's been a large interest in our culinary arts program," he said, and the current layout of the facility doesn't meet all its needs. There are between 15 and 18 students enrolled in any given week in the program, which takes about 10 months to complete. Graduates go on to work at area restaurants, grocery store bakeries or cafeterias in the area. Some of the graduates go on for more training at the advanced culinary program at Treasure Island Job Corps in San Francisco.
The extension of the administration building will add a multi-purpose room that will be used as a media center and a GED testing center. Sick said there's a need for more technology at the center, which this will provide. The current facility being used for GED testing isn't an ideal testing site.
The projects are scheduled to be completed in December or January.