Governor Dennis Daugaard joined numerous luminaries today at 1 p.m. on the Aberdeen Central High School campus to celebrate the opening of the A-TEC Academy. Below are some photos of the ribbon-cutting and the new career and technical education building.
Mayor Mike Levsen notes that the Aberdeen school district built the five-million-dollar A-TEC Academy in less than a year, thanks in part to support from Governor Dennis Daugaard, in the form of a two-million-dollar grant from the Future Fund.
Tom Hurlbert, CO-OP Architecture, thanks local contractors who swiftly turned his A-TEC Academy designs into reality.
Governor Daugaard awaits his turn at the mic.
85 degrees, high noon sun, but Governor Daugaard and Mayor Levsen remain totally cool.
After deeming Governor Dennis Daugaard an honorary Aberdeen Central Golden Eagle, Superintendent Becky Guffin wishes the Golden Eagle soccer team luck against the Pierre Governors in their match later in the day.
Local chamber members gather around Governor Daugaard to cut the ribbon for the A-TEC Academy.
Mayor Mike Levsen, A-TEC lead architect Tom Hurlbert, Superintendent Becky Guffin, Governor Dennis Daugaard, chief of staff Tony Venhuizen, and Secretary of Education Melody Schopp discuss the new A-TEC Academy.
Governor Daugaard and Mayor Levsen get even cooler inside the A-TEC Academy.
Governor Daugaard’s speech knocked this lady clean off her feet. Luckily, the A-TEC medical technology classroom was nearby.
CO-OP Architecture of Aberdeen donated this $6,950 Stratasys Mojo 3-D printer for A-TEC engineering classes. Now if the kids can figure out how to make the machine print teachers, they’ll have solved the teacher shortage.
Auto shop, A-TEC Academy, Aberdeen, South Dakota
Supertintendent Guffin Governor Daugaard and chief of staff Venhuizen the great work students will be able to do in the A-TEC Academy’s really big auto shop.
Big Bend Pak hoist, and the kids still want to work on scooters. But hey! There are a lot of small engines out there, and that means a market for small engine repair.
View from Venhuizen Cam! Yes, AAN education reporter has a bigger camera than I. But I have a cooler utility belt. (Photo by Tony Venhuizen, 2015.09.01)
Students use CNC machines like this one in the A-TEC Academy to design components. They transfer the designs via flash drive to machine tools in the shop.
Governor Daugaard inspects CNC machine.