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Re-Thinking The Vocational Space

Vocational education is often required to make do with more or less adapted standard classrooms or lo-tech practical workrooms. In the first of two articles on the movement to modernize and upgrade vocational education and the serviceability of its space design, Paul Hutton reports on a very challenging project in the American West.

When Natrona County high school students in Casper, Wyoming, arrived at their academy labs last August at Pathways Innovation Center – the district’s new career-focused academy – they were welcomed with stacks of unopened boxes filled with state-of-the-art equipment. Their first assignment? Set up the equipment and their labs so they could start exploring, creating and collaborating on projects that fascinated them.

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