COOLIDGE — Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology has moved one step closer to begin constructing a building for welding, construction and heavy equipment operations for students.
Both the Coolidge City Council and the CAVIT board voted separately on a lease expansion agreement of 6.5 acres more than a month ago to add the space.
The CAVIT board Wednesday approved procuring architectural and engineering services for design and construction services to include master planning, programming, site circulation, utility design and hydrology updates.
The agreement the board approved is for five years, which will be renewable each year.
CAVIT Superintendent Mike Glover explained the cost of the project will be spread out over the five years, adding the building will take a while to complete.
After CAVIT finds an architect from the request for qualifications, it will bring in a construction manager or firm, Glover said.
Glover said he has an agreement with the Casa Grande Union High School District not to take any student from that district who has interest in construction since the trade is already offered there.
When asked by board member Linda Good whether Casa Grande students would be allowed to attend CAVIT for construction if they expressed an interest, Glover said the students would be referred back to the CGUHSD, since the construction trade is being taught there.
“We will not duplicate programs,” he said. “I would refer them back to Casa Grande.”
Glover said as more and more people move into the area, they could have children who are either high school age or will be of that age someday.
“We will be ready for them,” he said, pointing out that CAVIT has many business and industry partners in a variety of career fields.
He said when CAVIT recruits students from high schools, CAVIT will send cohorts of staff to the schools and just one to two staff members to a smaller school.
“It takes a village to recruit,” he said. “Welding, construction and heavy machinery are on the books.”
He added CAVIT staff are hitting the streets and developing these programs.
Board member Marty Baca wanted to confirm that the school would partner with Central Arizona College for students wanting to go into one of the three new programs while the addition at CAVIT is being built.
Glover said construction on all projects has slowed.
“Lots of planning has been going on, and more planning will be done,” Glover said.