Mansfield ISD Magazine Fall 2016 | Page 21

The Renaming & Grand Re-Opening of Ben Barber Career & Technology Academy B en Barber Career & Technology Academy will now be called Ben Barber Innovation Academy (BBIA). The renaming was approved at a called board meeting on Sept. 19. The name change comes on the day a grand re-opening ceremony was held to celebrate the school’s expansion and renovations. “We wanted the name change to reflect the additional programs that we have,” said Principal Catherine Hudgins. “We’re preparing students for the workforce, which we are very proud of; but we’re also preparing students for college readiness.” BBIA is a school that is open to all MISD high school students and offers specific career and technology courses, ranging from health science and law to manufacturing and culinary arts. Frontier High School consists of students who take advantage of BBIA classes full time. The state-of-the-art facility was first dedicated in 2005. The campus equipment and labs are kept up to date to keep up with the ever-changing technology and techniques used in the real world. The new logo was created by graphic design student Ethan Brown. The fall 2016 renovations include: • Three new culinary kitchens • A brand-new Savvy’s Bistro restaurant • Additional welding shops • A machine shop for our new Computer Numeric Control (CNC) program Principal Catherine Hudgins (middle) and Ben Barber’s daughter (third from left) posed with MISD Board Members with the rededication plaque. New “smart” hospital rooms will enhance patient training for health science students. Additional welding shops will give students a more hands-on experience. • A “living” hospital (complete with state- of-the-art patient care manikins) • A new pharmacy • A new video production lab • A new print shop • A more secure entry for the front of the building Savvy’s Bistro, the student-run restaurant, received an expansion and new furniture. Mansfield School & Family 19