WHITEWRIGHT, Texas (KTEN) — Whitewright Independent School District agriculture students are getting hands-on experience in trade careers with the district's new Career and Technical Education Center.

The CTE building was part of the district's $15 million bond passed in 2022. Classes moved into the building in mid-August. A replacement for a smaller workshop, it gives ag students and teachers room to experiment.

"We've been able to keep it organized," said agriculture teacher Taylor Litzkow. "And we actually have been able to add to the materials that we need to help students."

Having a dedicated building for ag classes gives students more opportunities to put what they learn in the classroom into practice.

"It's said a whole lot in education, as far as CTE classes go," said agriculture teacher Rusty Turner. "It's hands-on learning, and that's what we like to do. We like the kids to be up, out of their desks... we like them working, building stuff."

It also gives students a glimpse at what other ag classes have to offer.

"My principals of ag class, they get to see my floral design room, they get to see Rusty working in the shop," Litzkow said. "They kind of get to see other classes that they could take and how they can immerse themselves within the pathway of agriculture."