The Toledo (Ohio) school district has begun construction of a $5.7 million Electric Vehicle Centeron the Toledo Technology Academy (TTA) campus.
Toledo Superintendent Romules Durant said the Electric Vehicle Center will offer classes on design, maintenance and innovation.
Students will have opportunities to intern at companies like Tesla while accumulating college credit and avoiding student loans.
The architect on the project, The Collaborative, says the 9,500-square-foot facility will have space for six electric vehicle lifts, as well as dedicated classroom, conference, office and support space. Occupants will also have access to the roof for instruction on photovoltaic panels in real time environment.
The district says the Electric Vehicle Center represents Phase 3 of improvements at the Toledo Technology Center of Engineering, housed at the former DeVilbiss High School.
- Phase 1: $4.8 million, completed fall 2022; remodeling of the first and second floors North Wing (TTA portion) and the South Wing (PreMed portion) of the building.
- Phase 2: $7.4 million, remodeling of another wing to house career tech programs for TTA and future use by Owens Community College. Completed work includes a robotics lab, machine engineering design, electric circuit analysis, fluid power and pneumatics. An alternative energy lab is to be completed by January 2024.
- Other improvements include HVAC/LED renovations ($2.9 million, completed by November 2023), parking lot repaving ($1.8 million, completed by September 2023), Skills Center roof replacement ($763,000, completed by fall 2024), and kitchen remodel ($624,000, complete by fall 2023).