Venice High School’s Career Technical Education Graphics Arts program will receive $3 million in state grant and bond funding to purchase printing shop equipment and perform various renovations, a program instructor announced.

The graphic arts program is expected to receive approximately $1.5 million from a state Proposition 1D grant, which provides needed funding to repair older schools, improve earthquake safety and fund vocational education facilities in public schools, Venice High instructor Artie Lindauer said.

A local matching fund of $1.5 million will be provided by voter approved bond funding, Lindauer said. When this upgrade is implemented, Super Shop 9 will be one of the best equipped high school educational printing facilities in the country, the instructor predicted.

The grant will be used to enhance electrical systems, replace old furniture, renovate the student restroom and reinforce the floor for the installation of a Heidelberg PM 74 four-color press, he said. The funds will also be used to purchase a Heidelberg two-color press, other bindery equipment as well as screen printing equipment.

The project first won preliminary approval in 2007 and has been making its way through the approval process and the determination of local matching funds, Lindauer noted.

Funding has been secured and the project is scheduled to start construction in July with substantial completion anticipated in February 2011.

Lindauer said the school is appreciative of Graphic Electric and Heidelberg USA, who have performed free existing equipment repairs over the past several years for the graphic arts program.

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