CHARLOTESVILLE, VA – An old school bus is set to be transformed and used as a food truck by students at Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center, allowing students to practice their craft, run a business and engage with the community.

Students from the Building Trades and Automotive programs are scheduled to complete the construction by January, installing a full kitchen, lighting fixtures and flooring in the bus that the Albemarle County Public Schools Department of Transportation donated.

By the spring semester, culinary students will begin using the food truck as a roaming classroom and business to sell butternut squash soup, hamburgers, fish tacos and more.

“This is really project-based learning at its best,” said Daphne Keiser, strategic planning officer at CATEC. “It’s going to be all of our program areas working together on this one project and getting it off the ground.”

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