Parkersburg Vo-Tech center getting major renovation, expansion

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) A building located next to Parkersburg South High School is getting both a facelift and an expansion this summer.

The Wood County Vocational and Technical Center has been in existence almost as long as Parkersburg South High School has.

This summer, construction has been under way on major renovations to the existing building, to bring it up to state code, and to make it more handicapped accessible.

And when it is completed, several programs will be moved to an addition to the building, which is also under construction.

"Our welding program is in desperate need of larger space," says Pier Bocchini, Director of Wood County Career and Technical Educaiton. "So, in the new addition, there will be a new room for welding, where they will have more room to pull in trailers or whatever to work on them to get real-life hands-on experience."

Wood County School officials say most of the work will be done by the time school begins in August.

Other work, including the expansion, will continue through the upcoming school year.

The project is funded through the bond issue approved in 2016, and with nearly $10 million provided by the West Virginia School Building Authority.