The facility was built with Measure D funding, a $177 million dollar bond measure approved by county voters in 2014.
This is just the first of many projects that Measure D funding will pay for, including a new aquatics center.
"Every time I go in here, I'm still amazed," said senior Jake Pritchard. He is one of the first students with the opportunity to learn about mechanics and the auto industry in the new center.
"People are hearing about this all over the coast and they want to be a part of it."
The former bus barn includes several new lifts, new technology, and more open space for students to work on individual projects.
"It's a community project. The community came together to make this happen for the kids," said auto technology teacher James Bueno. "Three years ago when I first started, there were four kids in the auto class, and now there are 90 kids spread out over three classes."
"We are so grateful for the communities that we have our schools in for passing our bond measure," said San Luis Coastal School District Superintendent Eric Prater. "It allowed us the resources to build this facility."
At San Luis High School, a robotics lab will break ground this summer, and early next year, renovations to the student center and old gym will take center stage.
(Michael Colaianni / KCOY photo)
"It's an amazing example of what cooperation and generosity in our community can do for our kids."
For seniors like Pritchard, their time in the shop will be short-lived, but he is excited for his younger classmates.
"I'm a senior, and we're about ready to leave the shop, but freshmen, they will have this for four years. I'm really looking forward to people learning in this shop."
We would like to thank KCOY for reprint permission.