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Trade school buys building in Colton

A vocational training school will set up shop in an industrial building it purchased recently in Colton.

San Jose-based Center for Employment Training paid $1.4 million for the empty structure at 1099 N. Pepper Ave. said Rick Lazar, senior vice president with Coldwell Banker Commercial Sudweeks Group.

Lazar represented the seller, World Prophetic Ministry, a Christian Evangelical organization based in Colton, in the transaction.

Escrow closed in late November, Lazar said.

Workers are scheduled to make improvements to the building next month, with the school expected to be fully operational by the end of the year, said Martin Gamez, CET’s chief operating officer.

The school, which must be accredited by the Council on Occupational Education before it can conduct classes, will occupy the entire building. About 250 to 300 students will be located there, along with 20 to 30 faculty members, Gamez said.

Classes will include instruction in technical and medical fields.

The building is about 30 years old and includes a television studio and a recording studio, Lazar said.

Center for Employment Training, which specializes in training lower-income students in mechanical and industrial trades, was founded in 1967. It has 17 locations in five states, including teaching facilities in San Bernardino and Temecula, according to the school’s website.

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