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Donor names memorialized on the brick path
Donor names memorialized on the brick path
MEDIA ALERT - Senator Brown to Join In Finley's Ceremony Tomorrow (Photo) - 04/10/18

KENNEWICK, WA – Washington Senator Sharon Brown will join local donors and Finley community members tomorrow, April 11 at 11:30 AM for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of Finley School District’s brand new Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center. The CTE Center is the result of an outstanding show of support by the Finley community, who helped its school district raise over $100,000 in donations in order to secure grant funds to finance the project.  In addition, the passage of Finley's school bond in February 2017 assured the Center would become a state-of-the-art facility for Finley’s youth.

Finley is one of only six school districts across the state who received a STEM Pilot Project grant awarded by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in 2016. Raising money was a contingency for the district to receive the $3 million STEM grant.

During tomorrow's ceremony, donors to the project will see their names memorialized in the brick pathway leading to the new facility. Community members across the Tri-Cities are encouraged to attend the official ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 11:30 AM on April 11 at the CTE Center, located next to Finley Middle School at 37208 S. Finley Road in Kennewick.  Refreshments will be provided, and tours of the facility will be available after the ceremony. For more information, contact Finley Public Information Officer, Molly Curtiss, at 509.947.7305 or tiss@esd123.org">mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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New CTE Center
New CTE Center
Finley's New CTE Center: Community Invited to Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (Photo) - 04/04/18

KENNEWICK, WA – Community members are invited to join Finley School District on Wednesday, April 11 for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the district’s brand new Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center. In an outstanding show of community support for STEM education, the Finley community helped its school district raise over $100,000 in donations in order to secure grant funds to finance the project.  Passage of the district’s bond in February 2017 brought in enough additional dollars to assure the CTE Center could become a state-of-the-art facility for Finley’s youth.

Donors can see their names and/or businesses memorialized in the brick pathway leading to the new facility, which is located next to Finley Middle School.  With the help of its dedicated community, Finley School District raised approximately $65,000 in individual brick donations and $35,000 in business sponsorships and like-kind donations. The money was raised as a contingency for the district to receive a $3 million STEM Pilot Project grant awarded by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in 2016. Finley is one of only six school districts across the state to receive the grant.

Executive Director of the Mid-Columbia STEM Network, Deb Bowen, says she is looking forward to participating in next week’s ribbon cutting event, both in her role through the STEM Foundation, and as a proud Tri-Cities community member.

“This particular STEM grant was an incredibly competitive process,” Bowen states.  “Only a community with visionary leadership and a passionate commitment to equipping its students to succeed in school and beyond would even consider taking on such a heavy lift.”

Construction of Finley’s CTE facility began in May 2017. The new CTE Center includes two classrooms, two greenhouses, a wood shop, and a metal shop. As it works to further efforts in STEM education throughout the district, Finley is now currently looking for a full-time CTE teacher to join the team as well.

Community members across the Tri-Cities are encouraged to attend the official ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 11:30 AM on April 11 at the CTE Center, located next to Finley Middle School at 37208 S. Finley Road in Kennewick.  Refreshments will be provided, and tours of the facility will be available after the ceremony. For more information, contact Finley Public Information Officer, Molly Curtiss, at 509.947.7305 or tiss@esd123.org">mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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