Grant Career Center Breaks Ground on New Animal Science Facility

On a chilly March morning, Grant Career Center held a Ground Breaking Ceremony to commemorate the start of the building project for the new Animal Science Facility on the Career Center campus. Members of the Board of Education, administration and representatives of the project met to turn the ceremonial first shovels of soil to kick off the project.

The Animal Science Facility is being built to house two new programs that will be opening at the Career Center in the fall, Equine Science and Veterinary Science. The construction project has two parts, renovation of an existing facility and new construction of classrooms, barn, an indoor as well as an outdoor riding area, equine training area and pasture for the Equine Science program.

The project is being constructed by ML Barnard, Inc. under the supervision of project superintendent Steve Weber, a local community member and former Board of Education member. Serving as architect is Randy Merrill from McGill Smith Punshon, a 1978 graduate of Grant in the Architectural Drafting program. Superintendent Lisa Tuttle-Huff commented, “It is great to be able to have local companies working with us on this project and to support the local economy.”

The Veterinary Science program will utilize an existing barn that will be renovated to hold a lab setting, grooming area, small animal clinic, pet room and kennel areas. A new barn will be built behind the existing barn for the Equine Science program with 12 stables to house the horses. There will be room for expansion as the program grows. A connecting corridor will be built between the two buildings that will hold a classroom, office and locker spaces and a reference room.

Students who enroll in the Equine Science program can enter many career paths including equine health care, horse breeding, training and instructing. They will learn about breeding, genetics, and nutrition while acquiring skills in Western and English horseback riding, grooming, and equine management. The Veterinary Science program will prepare students to pursue careers in the veterinary field. Veterinary Science students will specialize in four different courses while enrolled in the program covering topics such as animal classification, animal welfare, reproduction and genetics, body systems, anatomy and physiology and environmental management. While at Grant, the students will take a full complement of academic classes that will prepare them for graduation and post-secondary education options. Students will also be active members of the National FFA Organization.

Students completing programs in the Animal Science Facility will also be able to earn college credits through various local colleges for the successful completion of their career training at the Animal Science Facility. Grant Career Center is an open enrollment school and accepts students from all districts into our 17 career training programs. For more information on how your child can benefit from these great career preparation courses, visit our website at www.grantcareeer,com or contact the Career Center at 513-734-6222.

Ground Breaking Participants: Michael Barnard, President ML Barnard, Inc.; Steve Weber Project Superintendent, ML Barnard, Inc.; Patricia Patten, Grant Career Center Treasurer; Barb Leonard, Board Vice-President; Lisa Tuttle-Huff, Grant Career Center Superintendent; Beth McManus, Board President; Randy Merrill, Architect, MSP; Jack Willard, Project Manager; and Albert Fedders, CFO ML Barnard, Inc.

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