G-PISD Celebrates New Dr. Paul Clore CTE Training Center

PORTLAND — Gregory-Portland ISD celebrated the new Dr. Paul Clore Career and Technical Education Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and building tour on Wednesday.

The new state-of-the-art facility is named after former superintendent Paul Clore. He retired from the district at the end of 2020 after serving for 19 years.

“We have to thank this community for supporting this idea,” Clore told a crowd at the ceremony. “We have to thank this community for supporting the bond election that contained the funds to construct this building. We have to thank the school boards who were present during this entire planning process, because without their support, none of this that you see here would have happened.”

Former Gregory-Portland ISD Superintendent Paul Clore addresses a crowd celebrating the new Career and Technical Education Center named after him Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. He retired at the end of 2020.

Programs included in the CTE Center curriculum include animal science, fashion design, healthcare diagnostics, engineering, and culinary arts.

Superintendent Michelle Cavazos said she is grateful to the community for supporting her students to guide them into the future.

“When we as adults put our efforts into motion for the benefit of our children, everyone wins,” Cavazos said. “A look at this state-of-the-art training facility, the first of its kind here at G-PISD, is just one of many clear signs of progress. Beyond that, a sign of confidence of the community and a sign of hope for our future.”

Abigail Becka, a junior, said she was taking a course in anatomy and physiology as part of the health sciences program located at the center. She told the crowd that the new facility is a great example of how G-PISD prioritizes college readiness and a career at her high school.

A student inside the new Dr. Paul Clore Career and Technical Education Center at Gregory-Portland ISD creates a clay brain model Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022.

“It not only provided the space we needed for multiple classes, but also had the functionality to take those programs to the next level,” Becka said. “Here I have the opportunity to challenge my way of thinking and learn through hands-on experiences that would not be possible throughout your help.”

Cavazos said she is grateful for the community’s trust in the district, as it is a “vital ingredient” for any vision. She said they gave her students hope for a better future.

“Today we are here to celebrate much more than the construction of a building,” Cavazos said. “We celebrate you because your trust and hope allow us to educate, inspire and empower our students and each other. This is our vision and what some very important people among us are striving to do. daily.”

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