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Santa Barbara High’s Visual Arts & Design Academy has been awarded $2.2 million from the California Department of Education through its Career Technical Education Facilities Program for the construction of a new building optimized for VADA’s specialized education and training. The grant is a major advancement in the funding to replace outdated portable buildings with a modern, purpose-built facility, according to SBUSD officials.
Two Santa Barbara Unified programs are getting major upgrades to their facilities. Dos Pueblos High School is constructing new state-of-the-art facilities that will support Career Technical Education pathways in manufacturing, product development, media arts, and design. At Santa Barbara High School, the Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA) will be constructing a new building specifically designed for the specialized education that VADA offers.
The Visual Arts & Design Academy (VADA) at Santa Barbara High School [Tuesday] announced that it has been awarded $2.2 million from the California Department of Education’s Career Technical Education Facilities Program (CTEFP) towards the construction of a new building optimized for the specialized education and training offered by VADA. The grant is a major advancement in the funding needed to replace outdated portables with a modern, purpose-built facility. 
The California Department of Education’s Facilities Program awarded $2.2 million to the Visual Arts and Design Academy at Santa Barbara High School to benefit the construction of a specialized building. The program is currently operating in a 50-year-old space, but a modern, permanent structure would benefit students as soon as 2023. As part of the project, the existing buildings will be updated and a new building will be constructed.