Preparing students for high paying jobs is the goal behind building an innovation center to improve training for those who are interested in careers in the STEM fields.
At Jurupa Valley High School, classrooms and labs will soon be renovated for career technical education programs. The innovation center will house programs such as auto, agricultural sciences, construction, engineering, clean energy, and information technology. The first phase is expected to be complete by the start of the 2018-2019 school year.
“This will provide the facilities for students to have a deeper knowledge of the industry they’re studying, giving them the skills and access to equipment and opportunities,” said assistant superintendent for planning and development Trenton Hansen.
The center will have two large labs, and four high technology classrooms. There will be events and after school programs in the space as well.
There is a renewed emphasis on STEM fields, as those occupations are growing faster that most other fields. These jobs include statisticians, mathematicians, software developers, information security analysts, and biomedical engineers. In 2013, the median annual wage in STEM fields was $76,000 a year, more than double the median for all workers.