A local college preparatory school has repurposed part of its space to maintain flexibility for the future.

West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids, at 1801 Bristol Ave. NW, said yesterday it repurposed six classrooms and a central corridor into its new 7,500-square-foot Academic Learning Center, or ALC.

The new space features a high-volume, open space with multiple learning areas, a small café, technology support desk and school spirit store.

“The environment we’ve created here offers distinct spaces for collaboration, heads-down study, larger gatherings and advanced technology access,” said Cynthia Kneibel, principal, West Catholic. “We also wanted the ALC to be a place that inspires learning and engagement; the large windows, high ceilings, and open layout make it a destination.”

The $1.2-million project was funded through private donations.

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