During the 1999-2000 school year, a committee was formed to address the renewal and re-energizing of our magnet program. Called Renewal 2000, one of the recommendations was a proposed four-year program in engineering that, since the fall of 2003, has received much publicity and recognition as an effective and model program of study. To meet the growing needs, staffing has grown from three to five faculty members and a Magnet Coordinator has been assigned to manage the program and address its needs. As an outgrowth of the engineering program, North recently added a Biotechnology program that now has two faculty members. Partnerships exist with community members, faculty, building and district-level administrators, university and college faculty as well as students and parents. All are working together to improve the program and maintain its leadership role in pre-engineering education.
The program is now suffering from a a lack of space to not only handle the number of students enrolled in engineering and biotechnology, but also properly and efficiently utilize the equipment used in the programs of study. Students in the Civil Engineering course, as an outgrowth of the course, developed a proposal working in concert with professional engineering mentors from local corporations to addess the program needs. The document outlined the needs, layout and budget for a proposed addition located between the south and middle wings of the original building. The proposal was updated in 2007.
More information on the magnet program in engineering and bio-technology can be found on out Magnet home page.
2003 - The Engineering Design & Development class designed a self-contained Bio-Tech center to be located on the northeast corner of 36th & Ames Avenue, across the street from Omaha North.
2005 - The Engineering and Design & Development class designed an engineering addition including two stories above the existing west facutly parking lot. One floor was designed for engineering and the other for bio-technology and physics.
Original Student Proposal (PDF)
SAME Proposal, April 2005 (PDF) submitted to the Society of American Military Engineer's student contest.
2006 - Mr. Gene Haynes, principal, began looking at the design and location in earnest. He initiated a campaign to obtain funding for the project.
2007 - a special project throught the Engineering Design & Development class revised the original design.
Subsequent Student Proposal (PDF)
2007 - At an October meeting and presentation, funding was insured from private sources.