WAYNE – As the library and Bowen Hall on the campus of Wayne State College had ribbon cuttings earlier this year, a ground-breaking ceremony for an educational building is slated for Thursday, November 16.
In a release from Wayne State College, “WSC is proud to recognize the groundswell of support it received from industry, foundations, private donors and the City of Wayne for construction of the Center for Applied Technology (CAT).”
The official groundbreaking ceremony of the $15.2 million center will be held near Gardner Hall at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, November 16.
The Wayne State Foundation Office worked with industry leaders around the state to encourage support for the facility. The CAT is projected to serve as a gateway of opportunities for students to experience industrial manufacturing in an environment that cultivates interest and excitement in industrial technology. Complemented by top-notch faculty who deliver an industry-based curriculum, the CAT will attract students from high schools as well as community colleges to seek careers in this growing area. Based on economic analysis, the facility will have a direct economic impact of more than $10 million over 10 years, with a net effect of more than $15 million.
Industry support for the project included a $100,000 gift from Timpte, Inc., the market leader in aluminum bulk commodity trailers; $100,000 from The Raimondo Family Foundation of Behlen Manufacturing Co., a leading manufacturer of farm and ranch equipment and building systems and a major gift from the Lozier Foundation.
Industry support, combined with private donations and the support of several charitable foundations, totaled more than $1.5 million. These gifts, along with state bonds and $1 million in support from the City of Wayne, were instrumental in ensuring Wayne State could design and build a facility of more than 53,000 square feet with 13 state-of-the-art instructional labs for manufacturing, applied engineering and robotics.
The Center will deliver education for industry, provide a career academy for local school districts, and serve as a regional hub for innovation and workforce development. The city will provide the funds over two years in exchange for access to college facilities, services, and educational opportunities.
Construction began with site preparation for the new facility in May as a completion date is set for December 2018. Wayne State offers Nebraska’s only Industrial Technology education degree in which teachers can earn certification in these fields. This is critically important with the increased emphasis on high school career academies throughout Nebraska and the need to provide qualified teachers.
The Center for Applied Technology building is scheduled to open on the college’s campus in 2019.