BHS organizes an open day to present the renovation of the industrial arts center


By Leeanna Ellis – [email protected]

Community members will have the opportunity to view the completed renovations to the Industrial Arts Technology Center at Blair High School at an open house on August 10.

The event, which will kick off at 6 p.m. in the BHS Gymnasium, will include tours of the new area. At 7 p.m., a live auction of antique tools, including saws, drill presses and sanders, will be sold. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Industrial Arts program.

“I’m so excited for the audience to come,” said Tom Anderson, director of operations for Blair Community Schools.

While the project was underway, Anderson organized tours to anyone who was interested throughout the summer.

“It’s as exciting as anything we’ve done,” he said.

The renovated classrooms will welcome a lot of students this fall, as all classes are already full.

“It’s a big deal to have,” Anderson said.

The new facility allowed BHS to add new programs through a partnership with Metropolitan Community College, including four dual enrollment classes – two welding and two precision. Metro will provide instructors at no cost to the district.

The project, which had a guaranteed maximum price of just over $ 2 million, created a welding lab, with 14 stations, identical to Metro’s lab on its South Omaha campus. The 14,000 square foot renovation also includes a construction science lab, manufacturing lab, two art rooms, drawing and computer lab, and robotics and STEM lab.

Anderson said the new classrooms and space will allow students to gain experience and find out if the commerce industry is what they would like to do after graduation.

“I think it’s a benefit for every child who comes to school,” he said.


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