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Friendship builds new facility for Tech Prep campus

The District’s Friendship Public Charter School plans to spend $36 million to build a new facility for students enrolled at its Technology Preparatory Academy campus in Southeast.

FILE: The Coast Guard's new building under construction where the Department of Homeland Security is building its headquarters at the old St. Elizabeths Hospital, on Feb. 15, 2012, in Washington, DC. (Jahi Chikwendiu/WASHINGTON POST)

Tech Prep is a middle and high school campus that opened in 2009 and focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. Its older students earn college credits through dual-enrollment arrangements with local universities.

The school’s new building will be down the street from its current location on the site of a shuttered McDonald’s. It’s across the street from the old St. Elizabeths Hospital, which is slated to become headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security and a technological innovation center.

Tech Prep will train students for the kinds of jobs that will be created by those new developments, said Donald L. Hense, chairman of Friendship, which enrolls more than 8,000 students on 11 campuses in Washington and Baltimore.

The project is being financed with charter school revenue bonds.

An earlier version of this post misnamed the Friendship Technology Preparatory Academy. This version has been updated.

Emma Brown writes about national education and about people with a stake in schools, including teachers, parents and kids.


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