A technical school in Stamford opened its doors Wednesday for the first time in five years, welcoming a class of 145 high school freshmen.
The 200,000-square-foot J.M. Wright Technical High School recently underwent a $90.2 million renovation and is now the first technical high school in the country to offer a facilities management program.
Students can choose from one of 10 areas of study, including health and information technology, plumbing and heating, electrical, culinary arts and science, digital media, carpentry, tourism and hospitality and automotive engineering. They’ll receive both digital and mobile instruction.
According to a release from Gov. Dannel Malloy’s office, the school is designed to serve as a “model for technology-driven education” and prepare students “for the high-level problem-solving required by today’s employees.”
Malloy joined other state and local leaders for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the start of the school year Wednesday.
“This ribbon cutting is a big step for the City of Stamford that will allow us to advance the important work of training the next generation of workers that will be globally competitive,” Malloy said in a statement.
I am proud to support this project and will continue to support investments that improve and transform our K-12 and higher education systems so that Connecticut is poised to fulfill the demands of a 21st century workforce,” he added.
State Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor said the school “represents the future of the system.”
J.M. Wright Tech is one of 17 diploma-granting technical high schools in the state. More information is available online.