At a time when state lawmakers are questioning the usefulness of some technical schools, one local center that trains high school students is so popular, it's outgrown its current space.
Newtech Skill Center in North Spokane works with students from 11 different districts, teaching them technical skills like culinary, automotive, welding and fabrication to name a few. One of their main goals is to make sure that every student that leaves here is ready for the workforce or for higher education.
In the kitchen, aspiring chefs are busy cooking everything from savory to sweet.
"Great food just prepared right here in the kitchen," student Isaac Demaine said.
Demaine is still in high school but, like all the other students at the skill center, spend half their day at Newtech.
"We learn everything from making pasta to baking, to practically anything and everything," Demaine said.
Newtech director Will Sarett said one of the center's main goals is that every student earn at least one industry recognized certificate.