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By Chris Kain
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Mayor Muriel Bowser this morning kicked off the $64 million reconfiguration of Ward 5’s long-shuttered Spingarn High School to serve as the DC Infrastructure Academy’s new training center.
For Delano Hunter, director of the DC Department of General Services, the project is “deeply personal” and “extra special.” He’s a graduate of Spingarn, and like many alumni was disappointed when it closed a decade ago.
“We knew that this school had more life,” Hunter said.
Bowser launched the DC Infrastructure Academy in 2018 in partnership with utility, union, university and private-sector partners. The goal was to prepare DC residents for in-demand infrastructure jobs in fields such as construction, energy and telecommunications. Since its creation, the academy has trained more than 4,600 residents, with a 90% graduation rate, officials said.