West Las Vegas School District has received a grant to construct a new building for an automotive and welding trades program.

Expected to cost $986,000, the building will be constructed between the old middle school gym and high school. The timeframe for construction will hopefully be within the year, said superintendent Christopher Gutierrez.

Gutierrez also estimated the costs could climb to $1.4 million given the recent higher prices for construction materials.

“Twenty percent of our students will go on to a four-year college and 80 percent are still thinking about what they want to do,” Gutierrez said. “By teaching trades, at least they will have different opportunities.”

The facility will likely require two full-time teachers.

West Las Vegas recently brought back vocational programs including culinary arts and graphic designing.

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