The Tyson-Logan County Career Center, currently under construction near the site of Paris High School, should be finished in about five weeks, according to Paris School Superintendent Wayne Fawcett.

“The electricians are starting to finish their work.” Fawcett said last week. “The walls are framed. The sheet rock installation has started. The plumbing infrastructure is in. The building is in the dry so the roof is on and the windows have been installed.”

The approximately 10,000-square-foot structure will house classes for students and adults tailored to the needs of area manufacturers. The program now offers courses in allied health, industrial technology and welding. The building is being built under a public-private partnership. Substantial funding has come from the federal Economic Development Agency (a $764,000 grant) and Tyson Foods (a $276,000 grant).

Career education classes are now being housed at Paris High School and there are “in excess of 80 students” enrolled, Fawcett said.

“Once this new facility is finished and we’re fully ramped up, we can have as many as 150 students,” he said.

Students come from the Paris, Scranton, Magazine and County Line School Districts. The classes they take come with college credit.

Fawcett said construction on the facility began in March and is on schedule to be finished by Oct. 27.

“We’ve got a lot of interior work to be done now,” he said. “Natural stone from Logan County is being used on the front of the building. It’s ready to be installed. Everything is on schedule.”

Although the facility will be open soon, a grand opening is planned for a later date, Fawcett said.

“We don’t know the date yet,” he said. “The governor has been invited and is planning to attend. So, much depends on his schedule and the schedule of other dignitaries. It may be before Christmas or it may be after Christmas.”