The Lee County Career & Technical Education Center opened to students in November 2021. The 33,000 square-foot center accommodates 140 to 180 students at a time. It includes five classrooms and four shop areas with classrooms, along with restrooms, a conference room, and two collaboration spaces for events like job fairs and mock interviews.
The center features four shop-based classes and five classroom-based classes.
*Hospitality and Tourism
*Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
*Ag Power Equipment/Ag and Natural Resources
Lee CTE was built at the Hive, the Community Development Foundation’s new industrial park, where Lee County Schools owns 20.62 acres of land. The career technical center is a near-equal distance from each of LCSD’s three high schools: 16 miles from Saltillo High School, 19 miles from Mooreville, and 12 miles from Shannon. Travel times from each school to the center will be between 16 and 21 minutes. Parking spaces for buses and up to 140 vehicles will be provided, with buses transporting students to and from the facility throughout the day.
The construction project was made possible by a $15 million bond issue approved by a 91% majority of Lee County voters on Jan. 14, 2020. In addition to covering career technical center construction costs, the bond issue will also pay for district-wide security upgrades and infrastructure improvements. Construction for the career technical center began the first week of July 2020.