A career and technical training school in west Mesa got the go-ahead from its governing board Monday to begin its expansion eastward.
The East Valley Institute of Technology's long-awaited, 10-acre extension campus, with an expected price tag of $10 million, is slated to open in August 2011 at Power and Pecos roads, officials said.
"The first step was in approving the plan," said Meghan Walbert, spokeswoman for the school district. She said the nine-member governing board approved the project unanimously.
Sally Downey, EVIT's superintendent, said the groundbreaking could be as early as February.
The extension campus will teach skills key to its geographic placement near an airport and the planned site of a mega-resort convention center, Downey said.
The planned $750 million Gaylord Entertainment resort and convention center, and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport with its many tenants, are key neighbors, she said.
The school hasn't locked down the exact classes that will be offered on the new campus, but health, hotel and hospitality, and aeronautical programs are high on the list.