NAPLES — Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology has a new look, a new program and a new attitude.
And they are ready to show it off.
The facility, which has post secondary programs for adults and a high school, will host an open house from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the facility, 3702 Estey Ave.
“We want the public to know we’re here and know what we do,” said Principal Jeanette Johnson.
The open house will highlight Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology’s 30 programs, including culinary, nursing and automotive collision repair. There will be tours, demonstrations, free food, free services such as manicures and massages, and a bounce house for kids.
“We want to give the community a better understanding of who we are and what we do,” said Johnson. “Many people in the community don’t know we exist or they know we exist, but they don’t know we are a place the general public can come to take a class or get their nails done or have lunch.”
The open house will also give the school a chance to show off its state-of-the-art facilities, including a surgical suite and dental facilities.
“What we have tried to do is have a facility that is worthy of the community it serves,” Johnson said. “The programs were always strong, but this is without a doubt one of the most state-of-the-art technical centers in Florida.”
Johnson said it will also be the public’s first opportunity to see the new automotive collision repair program, which began at the technical center this fall. The program was possible, she said, because of the school’s recent construction.
“It is challenging to start a program like this because state funding for workforce education is always two years behind. So we are funded this year for the students we had in programs two years ago,” she said. “We couldn’t buy an $80,000 paint booth and all of the tools we would need for the program without this capital project.”
Lorenzo Walker Technical High School staff will also be on hand to answer any questions potential students might have about the school.
For more information, contact the school at (239) 377-0900.