New MPACT School Opens Doors for Students

mpactIt’s a brand new day at a brand new school for hundreds of students in Montgomery.

The doors to the new Montgomery Preparatory Academy for Career Technology or MPACT, opened today at the old Montgomery Mall.  The nearly $9 million dollar construction project will allow more than 400 students in the Montgomery Public School system to get hands on training in various career fields.

The new facility is designed to mimic an actual work environment with an industrial look at feel.

“It’s exactly like a workplace environment.  Students will clock in, they will clock out. They will wear protective gear.  Everything just like they were on the job,” said Marsha Baugh, the principal at MPACT.

Students can graduate high school with industry certifications and two-year college credits through dual enrollment. MPACT offers educational options for students who want to pursue further study at two- or four-year colleges, post-secondary training programs, or those who want to enter the workforce immediately after high school.

Students say they are in awe of the new 65,000 square foot facility that used to be the old JC Penney building in the Montgomery Mall.  They know the training received here will put them on a better path for their future.

“You’re going to use all of this.   It makes it so better for you when you’re ready to go.  They won’t have to train you as much.  They don’t have put money into making sure you know everything,”  said 11 grader Alexia Richardson.

An official ribbon cutting ceremony for the public will take place on August 29th.

For more information on MPACT, you can visit the school online:

http://www.mpact.mps-al.org/

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