Historic Grand Opening of MUSD Innovation Campus Takes Place in Milpitas

Something historic happened in Milpitas last week.

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

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

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

Board Chair Kelly Yip-Chuan speaks to the crowd at the groundbreaking. Photo courtesy of MUSD.

The campus will provide a high-quality, state-of-the-art environment to scale the education of future-ready learners at Milpitas. It will include 75 classrooms, more than a dozen experiential learning labs, flex spaces, and outdoor learning quads and courses. It will also include industry-based design labs and a KLA STEAM lab.

The Innovation Campus will provide a secondary school for adult education and will also serve as a workforce development center.

Former Milpitas Mayor and current Administrator of the Evergreen Community College San Jose District Board of Trustees Bob Livengood, who was also present at the grand opening, said, “One of the things that most proud of here today is that this campus is a manifestation of Milpitas Unified School District’s belief that education should always move forward. And I’m proud of it. These people are visionaries.

Once built, the new innovation campus will welcome more than 2,700 students each year. During last week’s event, MUSD Superintendent Cheryl Jordan also mentioned that the campus will be operating 6 days a week, for at least 12 hours a day.

In addition to offering secondary and adult education, the campus will offer programs in robotics, virtual reality, audiovisual production, artificial intelligence, coding, entrepreneurship, and more. An early childhood development research center will also be built on campus.

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

“At MUSD, we blaze a trail for ingenuity and life-changing educational experiences,” Superintendent Jordan said.

Without Milpitas voters voting in 2018 for the $284 million Measure AA bond, 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.

The first phase of the project will be completed in the summer of 2023, with phase 2 ending in the summer of 2024. After that, the Workforce and Education Research Centers will be completed by the fall 2025.

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