- Forney ISD
Forney ISD Opens New Animal Science Center, Welding & Fabrication Building, & Culinary Arts ‘The Local’
January was a month for Forney ISD students to celebrate new facilities for college and career programs. On January 28, Forney ISD held a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new welding and fabrication facility and culinary arts restaurant, The Local. A few weeks earlier, they also opened the new Animal Science Center. All 3 facilities will serve both Forney High and North Forney High school students in the programs.
“We are so grateful our community said ‘yes’ to the November 2019 bond that has allowed us to expand and provide incredible facilities for our students,” Forney ISD Superintendent Dr. Justin Terry. “By centralizing Forney High and North Forney programs into shared facilities, we’re able to continue to provide top-notch career opportunities that serve students from both schools and our community. These facilities allow our students the opportunity to learn entrepreneurship skills while experiencing on-the-job training with our community.”
The Welding & Fabrication building provides career programs where Forney High and North Forney High students can earn certifications. These programs include Agricultural Mechanics and Metal Technologies, Introduction to Welding, Welding I and Practicum in Welding. The building provides career programs where Forney High and North Forney High students can earn certifications. These programs include Agricultural Mechanics and Metal Technologies, Introduction to Welding, Welding I and Practicum in Welding.
Later this year, the Welding & Fabrication building will also hold classes for community members through the district’s partnership through Dallas College.
“Dallas College is excited to partner with the Forney ISD Family,” said Dallas College – Eastfield Campus President Dr. Eddie Tealer. “We are able to offer classes in Forney ISD facilities that help Forney ISD students, but also the surrounding community. This connects the Forney Family to Dallas College and 7 incredible campuses that can provide huge opportunities to help our students succeed and our communities thrive.”
In addition, Forney ISD partners with Dallas College and Texas Tech University to provide high school students in the District the opportunity to earn college credits as well as certifications in several trade practicums. Last fall, Forney ISD and Dallas College announced that Forney ISD students would receive free tuition, and the community would receive in-district tuition rates for Dallas College classes at Forney ISD. To learn more about the opportunities offered, please visit www.forneyisd.net/dallascollege.
The Local Cafe, the district’s culinary arts restaurant, is also located at Forney High School and is gearing up to open to the public soon. Students are starting to provide Grab and Go meals during the month of February including gourmet grilled mac and cheese sandwiches, fried chicken and waffles, and shrimp po’ boys. Each lunch is $10 and must be pre-ordered for Thursday pick up between noon and 1:30 p.m. To order, visit http://bit.ly/TheLocalFeb2020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
The District’s Culinary Arts program includes education studies in Principles of Hospitality and Tourism, Introduction to Culinary Arts, Culinary Arts and Advanced Culinary Arts. The Introduction to Culinary students can earn a ServSafe Food Handler Certification and the Practicum Culinary Art students can earn a ServSafe Manager Certification.
Just a few weeks earlier, the district opened a new Animal Science Center and expanded the existing agricultural building at North Forney High School to serve as the District’s new Animal Science Center for both Forney High and North Forney High School. The facility includes designated areas for pigs, sheep, goats, and cattle, in addition to a show arena. The Animal Science Center also includes a dog sitting and grooming service, which is open to the public called Off the Leash.