Grad Returns to PSSC with a Trade & a Job

Pedro Montoya discovered his love for carpentry while attending Puget Sound Skills Center (PSSC). The 2015 graduate is now paying it back by helping to build the school’s new state-of-the-art learning center.
“This brings back a lot of memories. I learned all the basics of the trade thanks to PSSC,” said Pedro. “It feels good to give back to the community.”
Thanks to funding from the state legislature, students from Highline and four neighboring school districts will soon have access to a new health sciences facility as part of PSSC. The new building is under construction and will be done in August.
See how Pedro’s experiences at PSSC helped him land the job.
The health sciences facility will house educational programs in dental assisting, nursing certification, and biomedical research. Here are some of the building highlights:
  • 250-seat lecture hall and adjacent multipurpose room capable of seating an additional 200
  • Dental assisting lab with four operatories, panoramic camera room, and sterilization center
  • Dental clinic, operated by Sea Mar Dental in partnership with PSSC, with operatories, labs, and classroom
  • Nursing assisting lab with four beds and classroom
  • Biomedical lab and classroom

PSSC serves students from Highline and four other districts: Federal Way, Fife, Tahoma, and Tukwila.

The new facility is being built on property already owned by the district, just south of the existing PSSC buildings. The $19.4 million project is fully funded by the state and has no impact on our capital fund.

Skills center construction is funded differently from all other school construction. Skills centers are fully funded by the state capital budget. For other public schools, voters must approve a bond for construction or major capital improvements; the state provides about 10% in matching funds after construction is completed.

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