State public schools chief hails future training center in Fairfield

With the empty former Camping World store behind him, soon to be a new, $13 million sheet metal shop and training center, California public schools chief Tom Torlakson said Thursday that the planned 43,000-square-foot facility in Fairfield signals "a strong economy, a stronger California."

As part of a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the project, a joint venture of Local 104 of the Sheet Metal Workers union and related industry groups, he said education in the building trades is among the "many honorable pathways to a bright and successful future" for the state's 6.2 million students in public and charter schools. Nearly a third of them drop out of high school, he noted.