A grand opening for the renovated Venice Skills Center, which offers high-tech career and technical education classes, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, October 15th at the center, 611 Fifth Ave., Venice.

The event is open to the public and will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and school officials, classroom showcases and light refreshments.

The center’s professional instructors will be on hand at the opening to answer questions about programs, including Dental Assistant, Graphic and Web Design, Office Technician, Computer Applications, Computer Repair, Child Care, Custodial Building and Grounds, CISCO Networking, Medical Records, and Accounting.

The renovated facility consists of two structures for a total of 14 classrooms and support facilities. The former shop building now houses eight new classrooms, reading/lounge areas, faculty areas, storage, offices and restrooms. The second building is a new modular structure that houses six classrooms, administrative offices and restrooms.

The renovation project included new electronic and computer equipment, furniture, utilities, perimeter wrought iron fencing, landscaping and courtyard areas that provide outdoor seating. A landscaped parking area has increased the previous 49 parking spaces to a total of 80 spaces.

Founded in 1968, the Venice Skills Center is operated by the Division of Adult and Career Education of the Los Angeles Unified School District and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Adults of all ages, as well as high school students, are eligible for classes.

In addition to career training courses, basic reading and language classes are offered, as well as classes for students to complete their high school diploma. A special services office assists adult students with disabilities.

Information, (310) 664-5820, or www.veniceskills.org/.

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