iTECH - IMMOKALEE TECHNICAL CENTER
508 North 9th Street • Immokalee, FL 34142 (239) 658-7080
508 North 9th Street
Immokalee, FL 34142
Local Tel: (239) 658-7080
Tel (239) 377-9900 •
Fax (239) 377-9901
Mr. Dorin Oxender, Principa
NAPLES — It was a project 10 years in the making and was referred to as "a beacon of hope for the Immokalee community."
Thursday, the dream officially became a reality as the Collier County School Board dedicated the Immokalee Technical Center, 614 S. Fifth St., Immokalee. The center, which opened its doors to students in January, houses career education programs, as well as GED programs for adults in the community.
"We are just beginning, but our future looks very bright," said Principal Dorin Oxender.
School Board member Richard Calabrese, in his first public School Board appearance since suffering multiple heart attacks last year, had the honor of dedicating the new building.
"Thank you to all the people who guided this building project," he said. "It will benefit adults and children in this community for years to come."
Several residents who participate in the Immokalee Technical Center's programs shared their experiences with the crowd of about 40 people who came to see the dedication. Some women created a "Tellin' Stories Family Quilt," which hangs in the lobby of the Immokalee Technical Center.
Magdalena Francesco, who is learning English at the center, came to the U.S. 18 years ago from Guatemala.
"I am in the Even Start program learning how to read," she said. "When we came to this country, ....we had no place to stay, no money. I am very happy because here is my life. I didn't know how to read. I couldn't speak English or Spanish. And now I do."
For more information on the Immokalee Technical Center, visit www.collier.k12.fl.us/itc/