Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Updated Media Advisory--Morse High School Opens New Auto Body & Engineering Facility tomorrow

Note time for open house/tours. Visuals and speaker info was updated. Call/e-mail if you would like a map showing the reserved media parking.

MEDIA ADVISORY Sept. 26, 2012

Contact: Cynthia Reed-Porter 619-546-3378

Morse High Opens New Auto Body & Engineering Facility

WHAT: San Diego Unified School District is celebrating the opening of Morse High School's new auto body and engineering facility with a dedication ceremony and open house. The College, Career & Technical Education facility (CCTE) is funded by Proposition S and a California Proposition 1D matching-fund grant. The school's auto body and engineering program provides students with a professional working environment while still in high school.

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 27, 5:30 p.m. (The open house/tours begin immediately following the ceremony, which should be approximately 6 p.m.)

WHERE: Morse High School, 6905 Skyline Drive, SD 92114
School phone: 619-262-0763 School website:
Media parking will be available adjacent to facility (map provided upon request)

VISUALS: Presentation of colors by Morse High School's Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, student-led Pledge of Allegiance, ribbon-cutting ceremony, Morse students discussing and showing the new equipment, parents and guests touring the facility during the open house; and static displays by the City of San Diego's Environmental Services Dept. (recycling) and vendors associated with the CCTE program including: FinishMaster, Fix Auto Mission Valley, Kimball Midwest, PPG, Mitchell International, Sherwin Williams, State Farm and Skills USA.

GUEST SPEAKERS/INTERVIEWS: Morse High students in the auto body and engineering programs, teachers and Principal Harry Shelton, Board Member Shelia Jackson, City Council Member Tony Young (alumni), CCTE director, executive director of the Prop. S program and industry partners (English and Spanish interviews)

BACKGROUND: This $3.7 million Auto Body Program facility is a CCTE project that involved partially modernizing Building 600 (9,067-square-foot, one story, wood-framed building); and constructing a new one-story, concrete masonry building measuring 6,855 square feet (Building 700). Building 600 features an auto disassembly area, instructional classrooms, computer labs and engineering design room, and tool/ special equipment storage. Building 700 features a paint booth, clean room, auto alignment and frame bays, student and faculty restrooms, faculty offices, and a mechanical/electrical room.

The Morse High School Auto Body Program provides career and technical education in the collision repair and refinishing career pathway within the transportation industry sector. Morse High provides the following sequence of courses: introduction to auto body, transportation technology, and auto body repair and refinishing.

The Morse Engineering Program provides career and technical education in the architectural and structural engineering career pathway within the engineering and design industry sector. Morse provides the following sequence of courses: introduction to engineering design, principles of engineering, engineering design, as well as development civil engineering and architecture (next year).
San Diego Unified School District's Proposition S funds are being used to match the state's Proposition 1D Career Technical Education grant monies so that the district can provide new and/or renovated facilities to accommodate College, Career & Technical Education programs. At Morse High School, the new program facilities include auto body, culinary arts and child development.

The project partners for the new auto body and engineering facility were Zagrodnik + Thomas Architects and Cox Construction.

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Cynthia Reed-Porter, Communications Supervisor | Communications Office | San Diego Unified School District
Offices: (619) 725-5579 or (858) 637-3607 | Mobile: (619) 546-3378 | E-mail:

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