New High School planned for Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility

Grants Pass, Ore — A Grants Pass youth correctional facility is expanding.

It’s new building could give nearly 100 young men a new lease on life.

New Bridge High School at the Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility in Grants Pass is breaking ground next week, on a new fully functional school.

The $9.7 million dollar project was funded during the 2015 Oregon Legislative session.

The new school building will prepare youth between the ages of 12 and 24 who committed crimes before turning 18 for life after the detention center and help them expand on the skills they’ve already learned.

“I’ve learned a lot of people skills, i didn’t use to like talking, I like talking now, I’ve really enjoyed and learned,” said Robert, a student at New Bridge High School.

“We have interpersonal social skills and workplace social skills, so if we can help better prepare them to be successful that’s another part of what we’re doing here,” said New Bridge teacher Warren Helgeson.

Groundbreaking on the new school building is set for next Thursday but will be closed to the public.

Construction is expected to be finished in 12 to 14 months

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