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Historic groundbreaking of MUSD’s Innovation Campus happens in Milpitas

Something historic happened in Milpitas last week. 

The Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) broke ground on its new Innovation Campus on Wednesday, August 3. 

The campus, which will be located at the former Ayer High School and MUSD District office site (at 1331 East Calaveras Blvd), is a legitimate embodiment of next-level education. 

“It brings hope, opportunities, and it creates pathways for those who may not have it,” said MUSD Board President Kelly Yip-Chuan at the groundbreaking. “The first of its kind, the MUSD Innovation Campus will open doors and take us to another level in how we educate students…”

 

Board President Kelly Yip-Chuan speaks in front of the crowd at the groundbreaking. Photo courtesy of MUSD.

 

The campus will provide a high-quality, state-of-the-art environment for evolving the education of future-ready learners in Milpitas. It will include 75 classrooms, over a dozen Experiential Learning Labs, Flex spaces, and outdoor learning quads and courtyards. It will also feature industry-based design labs and a KLA STEAM lab. 

The Innovation Campus will offer high school for adult education, and will also serve as a workforce development center. 

Former Milpitas Mayor and current San Jose Evergreen Community College District Board Trustee Bob Livengood, who was also present at the groundbreaking, stated: “One of the things that makes me most proud here today is that this campus is the manifestation of the belief of the Milpitas Unified School District that education must always be moving forward. And I’m proud of that. These folks are visionaries.”

Once built, the new Innovation Campus will serve over 2,700 students each year. At last week’s event, MUSD Superintendent Cheryl Jordan also mentioned that the campus will operate 6 days a week, for at least 12 hours a day. 

Along with offering high school and adult education, the campus will offer programs in robotics, virtual reality, AV production, artificial intelligence, coding, entrepreneurship, and more. An Early Childhood Development Research Center will also be built on-campus. 

 

Board Vice President Chris Norwood speaks at the groundbreaking. Photo courtesy of MUSD.

 

“At MUSD, we are blazing the way for ingenuity and educational experiences that change lives,” said Superintendent Jordan.

Without Milpitas voters having voted in 2018 for the $284 million Measure AA bond, the construction of this new campus would not have been made possible. Last year, KLA, an industrial equipment supplier in Milpitas, donated $750,000 to the project. 

Phase one of the project will be completed in the summer of 2023, with phase 2 finishing up in the summer of 2024. After that, the workforce and education research centers will be completed by the Fall of 2025. 

The project was designed by Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, and is being built by Black Construction. 

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Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro is the winner of a 2022 Golden Quill Award for her Education journalism. She works as a journalist and media consultant in the Bay Area. She has written for both the Tri-City Voice and the Mercury News, and is the founder of Chi Media Company, which works mostly with nonprofit organizations and educational entities to elevate their marketing and communication platforms. Rhoda is also the author of “Fierce Woman: Wake up your Badass Self.” Her YouTube channel features practices in yoga, meditation, and women’s empowerment. Rhoda is The Milpitas Beat’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief.

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