Riverdale STEM addition underway

School District 27J marks work on 3rd career/technical program

Scott Taylor
staylor@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 9/18/22

Riverdale Ridge Principal Cody Clark said he's been impressed with the level of technical and career training work his students and teachers have achieved in the high school's main building, long …

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Riverdale STEM addition underway

School District 27J marks work on 3rd career/technical program

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Riverdale Ridge Principal Cody Clark said he's been impressed with the level of technical and career training work his students and teachers have achieved in the high school's main building, long before work on a nearby addition had started.

And now that work on a 47,910-square-foot building is going on along the eastern edge of the campus, he said he can't wait to see what comes next.

“I'm also very excited for our current elementary student or middle school student somewhere in 27J who doesn't know yet how excited they are going to be about bio-med or welding or culinary or cyber security, etc.,” Clark said. “I am happy that we will have this waiting for them when they get to high school.”

Clark and groups of Riverdale students, teachers, 27J officials and city and county dignitaries were on hand Aug. Sept. 14 to celebrate and kick off the building project. Site work on the building is already underway, with the new building's elevator tower rising behind speakers that included Clark, 27J Board President Gregory Piotraschke, school Superintendent Chris Fielder, County Clerk Josh Zygielbaum and Thornton Mayor Jan Kulmann.

Riverdale's future science, technology, engineering and math students won't have to wait too long to use the space. When complete sometime in 2023 the facility will have areas and curriculum devoted to bio-medical training, culinary arts and cooking, cyber security, sports medicine and other programs.

“We can better serve students interested in earning certain industries' certifications, providing pathways to education that they can choose,” Board President Piotraschke said. “By building STEM facilities on each campus, students can walk to class and eliminate obstacles like transportation that could prevent a student from being able to take those classes. They can just walk across and be right there.”

The addition is one of three STEM and career and technical buildings going up at each of 27J's three high schools. The department broke ground on a 55,950-square-foot addition at Brighton High School on Aug. 11 and a 47,500-square-foot addition at Prairie View High School on Aug. 27.

“We want to thank voters for supporting our bond request last November,” Fiedler said. “This was for $550 million, including all three CTE centers and also funding the second phase of South Lawn Elementary School.”

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