School district opens new multi-purpose center to help with workforce training and learning space

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One school district's efforts to save money on construction, helped them stumble across a new way to educate kids, help the community, and innovate teaching.

That’s how they do it at the OC, a complex that looks straight out of Silicon Valley but sits in the woods southeast of Dallas, in Forney ISD.

The OC’s hallmark class is called Synergy. Students partner up with business owners in the mall and do everything from managing business plans to marketing to new customers. "At the high school, it was more of like, a lot of vocab and a lot of and not a lot of hands-on. And this year, it's a lot more hands-on," said Carmyn Lawson, a floral design student working at a floral business here.

They bus students in from both Forney high schools, and by moving the career & tech classes here, it freed up more than 2,000 seats at the high schools, solving their space problem, and giving students space too.

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