Canadian Valley Technology Center moves into new building after 2013 tornado

El RENO, Okla. – The Canadian Valley Technology Center, which was destroyed in a tornado in 2013, will soon move into a brand new building.

On May 31, 2013 an EF-3 tornado ripped through the Canadian Valley Technology Center and destroyed seven of the nine buildings.

"It was awful. For many of the faculty and staff, you spend more waking hours at your job than you do at home,” said Gayla Lutts, the deputy superintendent.

For the last three and a half years, Canadian Valley has been using an old car dealership temporarily.

"We moved into a facility that's probably a quarter, maybe less the size that we had been used to. So, we combined programs. Some programs didn't have a classroom setting,” Lutts said.

In just a few weeks, that will all change, as the students and teachers move into a brand new $54 million building with 92,330 square feet of classroom space and 97,840 square feet of shop space for classes like welding.

"The teachers have the opportunity to really use the facility and space that we have, incorporate different teaching techniques and provide different learning opportunities for students,” Lutts said.

The students are looking forward to the new chapter.

"I'm in cosmetology, so I'm really excited for the new sinks and the color bar and all the new stuff that's going to be with that,” said student Rose Baum.

"I'm really looking forward to having the space. I'm looking forward to having the cafeteria. It's just going to be really nice to upgrade,” said student Molly Johnson.

The building has five safe rooms.

The students begin classes in the new building on January 5.