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WDMCS to Break Ground on $22 Million CTE Addition at Valley Southwoods (05/20/2022)

Architect's rendering of the upcoming Valley Southwoods CTE addition.May 20, 2022 | The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) will break ground for a planned Career and Technical Education (CTE) addition at its Valley Southwoods Freshman High School campus on Monday, May 23, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. The golden shovel ceremony will include representatives from the city of West Des Moines, WDMCS Board of Education, and district leadership.

As part of the Valley Southwoods 10-Year Facilities Master Plan, the 39,000-square-foot addition will provide space for students to study a variety of vocational and technical fields, including culinary arts, metals, and robotics. The space will also serve as an ICC-500 rated structure to protect the entire building population in the event of a weather-related emergency.

Other enhancements planned as part of this project include transitioning the existing media center into a presentation hall, remodeling the current food service kitchen spaces, and renovating the main entrance to create a secure entry.

Designed by Shive-Hattery, the $22 million expansion and remodel is planned to be complete in August 2023. 

“This addition will bring the educational programming at Valley Southwoods to current-day standards and allow us to be future-ready for whatever the job market demands in our community,” said Mitch Kuhnert, principal at Valley Southwoods.

Superintendent Lisa Remy added, “The addition of Career Technical Education space at Valley Southwoods will allow students to explore interest areas at an earlier age and connect their learning to opportunities in the community.”