Ground Broken On New Cutting-Edge Education Hub In White Center


Photo courtesy King County.

Ground was broken Friday (Aug. 26) in Lakewood Park on an innovative new building that will house leading-edge technology for students and training for teachers, as well as bring a much-needed neighborhood meeting space to White Center.

“We all benefit from a strong and diverse workforce that spreads economic opportunity across King County, and I am proud to partner with the Technology Access Foundation to help prepare young people of color for the jobs of tomorrow,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “Kids should have the tools necessary to build a successful future, regardless of family income or ZIP code.”

Constantine was joined at the celebration by TAF Executive Director Trish Millines Dziko, along with local leaders and students.

“The Community Learning Space puts TAF at the heart of the kind of multi-ethnic community we were created to serve,” said Dziko. The new building will be key to TAF’s goal of providing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to 20,000 public school students of color each year by 2020.

King County has provided TAF with a $2 million grant through the County’s Community Partnership Grant Program. The County is also providing TAF with a 50-year lease on land where the CLS will be built at Lakewood Park.

CLS will serve many constituencies through the day. Students from the neighboring Cascade Middle School will use its four technology learning labs during school hours. After school, CLS will serve more than 1,000 students from the White Center area as participants in TAF’s TechStart program.

During the day, teachers will also use the space for training on the latest methods for incorporating technology into daily instruction. In the evening, the space, which includes a commercial catering kitchen, will be available for rent by community groups.

Targeted for LEED Gold certification, the building will be interwoven with, and will open up to, the green spaces of Lakewood Park. The CLS will incorporate numerous salvaged and reused materials into its construction, including:

  • Salvaged floor joists from the Park Lane Homes for the pedestrian bridge;
  • Salvaged fire hose for office partition finishing;
  • Salvaged car windshields in bathroom tile;
  • Salvaged fan belts in the reception desk.

The Community Learning Space was designed by the Miller Hull Partnership and developed by Point32.

About the Technology Access Foundation:
TAF is a nonprofit organization that equips students of color for success in college and life by providing a STEM education that gets results. Through partnerships with public education, businesses and the community, the TAF model actively engages students in the real world.

About King County Parks’ Community Partnership Grant Program:
The CPG Program is a public/private partnership initiative that empowers user groups, sports associations, recreation clubs, and other non-profit organizations to construct, develop, program, and/or maintain new or enhanced public recreation facilities on King County land in a manner that does not result in new publicly funded operations and maintenance costs. Learn more at http://www.kingcounty.gov/recreation/parks/partners/cpg.

  • On the Web: www.techaccess.org
  • On Facebook: www.facebook.com/techaccess
  • On Twitter: @degreesmatter


Comments

3 Responses to “Ground Broken On New Cutting-Edge Education Hub In White Center”
  1. WhiteCenter Library Neighbor says:

    WHY JUST FOR STUDENTS OF COLOR, WHY ARE STUDENTS OF “NON COLOR” NOT INCLUDED? WHY EVEN MAKE COLOR AN ISSUE, AS ALL CHILDREN ARE IMPORTANT. THERE ARE MANY POOR WHITE CHILDREN, THIS IS PROMOTES HATRED TOWARDS WHITE CHILDREN WHEN YOU START WITH THE POLITICAL CORRECTNESS NONSENSE. ALL CHILDREN ARE IMPORTANT.

  2. Jw says:

    Hey WhiteCenter Library Neighbor how bout you lay off the CAPLOCKS? Also, maybe reread you comments before hitting submit. Just a thought. Racist douche.

  3. Hotrodgal says:

    WhiteCenter Library Neighbor, please read the article.

    This is a grant awarded to a non-profit program whose
    focus just happens to be education for children of color.
    That just happens to be TAF’s focus. No more no less.

    I think it’s great that KC has backed a project that
    helps enchance these kids education.

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