Educational Facilities Expansion

Current welding shop and bathrooms. Site of future automotive technology facility.
Welding shop

High school students here in the Methow Valley can look forward to an innovative expansion of career and technical education facilities at TwispWorks. The expansion will include:

  • Renovating and expanding the current welding shop, as well as building a new 2,000+ square-foot, two-bay automotive tech garage to replace the single car garage currently in use at the Independent Learning Center.
  • Improving the northeast corner of TwispWorks’ campus (includes the welding facility and future automotive tech facility, as well as the Little Star South Collaborative) to include pavement, connective pathways, and traffic control measures.

The welding shop renovations, including significant renovations to an existing classroom, have been completed. Bathrooms for exclusive student use as well as two bathrooms on the outside of the building for public use will open soon. TwispWorks expects to break ground on the automotive tech facility in early April.

The new facilities will help provide long term solutions for recent community challenges such as retention of youth talent, labor shortages, need for career and technical education opportunities, and lack of living wage jobs. The expansion is made possible by a strong partnership with the Methow Valley School District, which will provide the programming (equipment, curriculum, staff, enrollment, etc.) while TwispWorks provides and maintains the facility. The auto tech facility will have the capacity to include electric vehicles in the curriculum. Increasing career and technical education offerings was one of the key ideas to come out of the school district’s 2020 Dream Big planning process (see page 6).

The total cost for the career and technical education facilities expansion at TwispWorks is expected to be $1.47 million. A combined $1.23 million has been committed by Moccasin Lake Foundation ($758,000), Murdock Charitable Trust ($450,000), Confluence Health and Wenatchee Valley Medical Group Community Partnership Fund ($3,000), and others. TwispWorks is actively seeking additional grant funding, as well as donations from individuals and businesses to complete the project.

Thank You, Supporters!

This auto technology facility is a collaboration between TwispWorks and the Methow Valley School District and was made possible by generous donations from the following foundations, businesses, and individuals: 

Foundations 

Confluence Health & Wenatchee Valley Medical Group Community Partnership Fund  
Moccasin Lake Foundation 
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust 
Pleiades Foundation 

Businesses 

AgWest Farm Credit 
Blackcap Builders Collective 
Serious Fun Studio 
Facilities Engineering & Technical Services, PLLC 
North Cascades Bank 

Individuals 

Bruce Balick 
John and Candice Battle 
Greata Beatty  
Gordon Benner in honor of Matt Kennedy 
Diane and Bob Bowlin in honor of Chris Bowlin 
Sarah Brown 
Bill Calderhead 
David Caldwell and Nancy Kuta 
Adrian Chavey and Gordon Reynaud 
Carolyn Cilek 
Laura Corvi and Robert Davis 
Susan Crampton 
Phil and Cathy Davis 
Karen Edwards and Tom Ise 
Karen and Mark Endresen 
Julia Ernest 
Susan Ernsdorff and Rico Meleski 
Polly Fabian and Craig Seasholes 
Carol Filer 
Callie Fink and Paul Russell 
Ollie and Fran Flor 
David Ford and Nancy Leland 
Anne and Jon Fox 
Bill and Lindy Gaylord 
Patricia Gilmer and Hal Scogin 
Don Givens and Jan Kittleson 
Sierra Golden and Brian Hagenbuch 
Suzie Haberland & Stanislav Fritz 
Judith Hardmeyer-Wright and David Wright in honor of Damian Spear 
Nick and Phoebe Hershenow 
Elizabeth Hillis and John Sunderland 
Marie Hoffman 
Rachel Hong 
Perri and Craig Howard 
Robert Ingman and Marie Doyle 
Marcia Ives and Mel Cooke 
Marguerita Jensen and Gary Dodson 
Tim Johnson 
Ray and Mary Johnston 
William and Michele Karpenko 
Scotte and William Kilby 
Clayton King in honor of Curtis King 
Elise Knight 
Susie Kowalczyk and Kay Lee 
Don Linnertz and Scott Wallace in honor of Donald Robert Linnertz 
Sallie Linnertz 
Cynthia Macklin 
Alisa and Ken Malloch 
Joe Marver 
Kellar and Lauren McCloy 
Craig and Allison McDonald 
Lois McLean 
Chris and Tiffany Megargee 
Celina and Patrick Mendel 
Jacqui Metzger 
Jennifer Molesworth and Paul Sallady 
Michael and Mehri Moore 
Mary Kay Morgan and Phil Millam 
Patrick Muckleroy 
Tese and William Neighbor 
Peter Speer and Marian Osborne 
Anne and Steve Peck 
Baylie Peplow Huyett 
Charles Peters 
Sheri Peterson 
Katie Poinier 
Bill Pope and Teresa Castner 
Peggy Porter 
Valerie Potts and Jason Paulsen 
Liz Purdy and Cyrus Anderson 
Mary Anne Quigley 
Sue and Dick Roberts 
Tom Robinson and Joan Wellman 
David Schooler and Kristen Webb 
Peter and Sue Serko 
Anna Sherwood and Zachary Stednick 
Susan Snover 
Katy Spencer and Josh Dennis 
Stuart and Patricia Spencer 
John Stidham 
Barry and Dana Stromberger 
Izette Swan 
Keith Swanson 
Katie and Rick Swanson 
Allen Tangemen
Lucinda Tear 
Robert and Sally Telzrow 
Carol Thiene 
Bo Thrasher and Paul Butler 
Carolyn Townsend and Albert Capehart 
Denny Trimble and Rachel Klein 
Hannah Viano 
Allyson Vlas in honor of Matt Kennedy 
Ted and Iris Wagner 
Jo Wallace and Bruce Nitsche 
Heidi and Larry Walsh 
Sern Watt and Mari Siemon 
Lynette Westendorf and Richard Hart 
Jason Williams and Duana Kolouskova 
Mary Ann Yakabi and Ronald Gross 
Kenneth and Loy Young 
…and many anonymous donors!