NEWPORT NEWS (AP) -- Newport News Shipbuilding's Apprentice School is moving to a new downtown campus.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for Friday. Classes are scheduled to begin at the new facility in mid-January.Ground was broken May 4, 2012

The school will have an open campus following nearly seven decades at the shipyard.

The school's director of education, Everett Jordan, tells The Virginian-Pilot that the downtown campus will draw young workers. He expects the school to be a springboard for economic activity in the downtown.

The $32.7 million facility will triple the school's instructional space. It includes eight computer labs, two videoconferencing rooms, eight classrooms and a gym that can seat 600 people.

The campus is between 31st and 34th streets, bordered by Washington and West avenues.

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