WAYNE – With the recent approval during a city council meeting in early May, the City of Wayne took action for $1 million dollars in support of Wayne State College’s Center for Applied Technology.
The CAT, Center for Applied Technology program will offer education for industry, provide a career academy for local school districts while serving as a regional hub for innovation and workforce development. Funds will be provided over two years in exchange for access to college facilities, services and educational opportunities.
Wayne State College will begin construction and site preparation for the new facility this month with completion scheduled for December of 2018. The site chosen is where the current Gardner parking lot 6 is, east of the Gardner Business building.
Wayne State offers Nebraska’s only Industrial Technology education degree in which teachers can earn certification in these fields.
The new facility will provide updated and adequately sized drafting, construction and woods, manufacturing, welding, power and energy, electronics as well as skilled and technical science laboratory/lab support space. There will be two classrooms, faculty and staff offices and administrative support space.
Also, the new facility will provide networking, computer hardware, robotics and general computer instructional laboratory space for the Computer Science and Computer Information Systems programs.
Wayne State’s Center for Applied Technology (CAT), complemented by top-notch faculty who deliver an industry-based curriculum, 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.
Economic impact calculations included estimates of spending by Wayne State College, which would include additional faculty as well as operations and maintenance relating to the Center; spending by additional students enrolled in programs relating to the Center; spending by participants engaged in activities hosted in the Center; and spending related to business and industry utilizing the Center.
Fundraising efforts by the Wayne State Foundation are still underway with several major foundations, along with alumni, friends and regional manufacturing companies. The total project cost is $15.2 million.
To learn more about the Center for Applied Technology project, contact the Wayne State Foundation at 402-375-7510.