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LOCKPORT, La. (AP) — Construction of an industrial training center for high school students is on schedule and officials in Lafourche Parish said it should open for the 2015 school year.

The Daily Comet reported (http://bit.ly/1p2KJJh) the $15.9 million Career Magnet Center in Lockport should be ready for classes by August 2015.

The framework is up for one of two buildings that will house labs for courses such as chemistry, physics and cosmetology.

Lafourche schools administrator Evan Plaisance said the second building will be used mostly as shop areas for welding, automotive and other crafts.

The 62,000-square-foot facility will allow students from Thibodaux, Central Lafourche and South Lafourche high schools to earn industry-based certificates, receive field-related internships and work with industry mentors while attending high school.

Funding came from bond sales approved by Lafourche voters in 2012.

Students can take courses in agriculture, allied health science, automotive, construction technology, cosmetology, culinary arts, marine operations, process technology and welding.

For students who plan to attend four-year colleges or universities, the center will offer advanced placement courses in calculus, English, chemistry and physics.

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Information from: Daily Comet, http://www.dailycomet.com

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