The southeast corner of the expanded Western Center, seen during construction last year.

LIMERICK PA – The construction is complete (well, most of it, anyway). The place shines from top to bottom. Students and instructors are ready, and tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010) from 5-8:30 p.m., they’ll welcome the public for tours and inspection of the newly renovated Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center, 77 Graterford Rd., Limerick PA.

The open house is intended for eighth- and ninth-grade students considering a technical career. But it’s also a grand occasion for dozens of students in 10th through 12th grades at the Spring-Ford Area School District, who already attend the center daily for half-day sessions in specialized career training. Many of them will be on hand, too, to help show off the building.

The center recently finished a multi-million dollar renovation project that includes several large classroom additions, upgraded equipment, a new dining room for culinary studies, a greenhouse for environmental design studies, and state-of the-art spray booths, hydraulic lifts and alignment machines for automotive and vehicle studies.

New programs – graphic design, dental occupations and diesel technology, among them – also have been added.

In addition to Spring-Ford, the center serves students in the Pottsgrove and Upper Perkiomen school districts.

For more information about tonight’s activities, call 610-489-7272.