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Kyle Druktanis works on a four-wheeler in John Seymour’s auto and motorcycle tech class at Early College Opportunities on Sept. 6. ECO is getting millions in investment to expand its campus and create more room for technical programs and classrooms, but the school is battling low proficiency scores and a drop in graduation rates. Administrators and teachers think this investment can be what the school needs to turn itself around and engage students.

There is a mix of scenery at the Early College Opportunities High School — products of time and necessity.

The auto shop and woodworking classes are remnants of when the small campus was home to the vocational program for nearby Santa Fe High School. Newer bungalows house students learning about computer science.

The rumbling of machinery signals what’s to come for the expanding school.

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Computer science teacher Joe Jiron, right, helps Alonzo Sandoval with a vocabulary review as Nathan Flores-Gonzales, left, works on Google certification during class at Early College Opportunities on Sept. 6.



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Early College Opportunities principal Josh Rhine talks about his school’s expansion during a tour Sept. 6.

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Diego Romero, right, and Aldofo Mendoza work on a project in Eugene Doyle’s construction class on Sept. 6 at Early College Opportunities High School.

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