DES MOINES, Iowa-- The new school year means new programs at Central Campus. Students from 58 different schools in and around Des Moines can choose from dozens of career and technical courses.
“It's really a college level atmosphere and we try to create an ‘education is the reason you're here’ so consequently, be engaged, come here with that kind of attitude,” said Central Campus Director Dr. Gary McClanahan.
The school of more than 1600 added four new programs to its roster. The two in engineering are Computer Science and Software and Engineering Design and Development.
“You have more opportunities available here than at your home school,” said Linda Brown, a senior at Hoover High School.
“Completely different. It`s not like you`re going to class and listening to the teacher talk or taking notes or reading a textbook,” agreed Lincoln Senior Matthew Johnson.
His first time engineering class includes hands on learning. Student will spend the next school year working to improve an existing design. Not only could they end up with a working product, the student might get a patent to go along with it.
The massive remodeling project at the Central Campus complex is nearing its end. There's just one more level to go before it's complete. School officials say they couldn't have made all the changes without the one cent sales tax.