NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Malcolm Rector Technical High School is changing the concept of education in a big way. The Nacogdoches ISD's newest facility is in its final phase-three construction, but there's enough completed to show off to students.
East Texas News joined them for the tour.
High-tech architecture is used for the Malcolm Rector Technical High School. Thru its doors internal steel and exposed mechanical services set the mood for high-tech learning. The building itself is a teaching tool.
"It's a beautiful school. When you first come in it gives you a good vibe," said David Moreno, a high school senior. "And hopefully this school can give me more classifications and more certifications to be out there in the world."
Angelina College is in the building to offer numerous certifications, as well as college core classes. The new high school is primarily for students eager to join the workforce.
This room is finished, even though it has plywood walls. It's called a Flex Lab and students will use these walls to attach clumsy, but very important projects dealing with mechanical, electrical and plumbing assignments.
Director Bob Coker will oversee the vocational choices designed to match employer's needs.
"The goal is to take residents of Nacogdoches County and to shore up their knowledge skills and ability and make them viable for our local workforce," Coker said.
The new high school is replacing the Martin School of Choice, a school that was guilty by association. It sat above the alternative school, a place for students with discipline issues.
"The county kids from downstairs always fighting, or you know, causing misbehavior would give us a bad name," said Roque Bandy, a high school senior.
Come January, the students will be in their new school where they'll continue with core subjects as required for graduation and remain self-paced. What will change is made perfectly clear by Nacogdoches Superintendent Dr Fred Hayes.
"The days of just turning out a diploma are over," Hayes said. "The days for preparing you to be successful young people starts the minute you walk into this facility."
Senior Jaron Mora plans to study business in college. He gets the message.
"It shows they care about the students and like they're just trying to help them out a lot trying to prepare for them for everyday life," said Jason Mora, a high school senior.
Students and staff say a new facility, an interesting design and the new location are energizing creativity, a vital component when facing the future.
Construction contractors will soon begin work on industrial labs, including a state of the art welding facility. They are confident it will be completed by January 4th when students arrive.