The groundbreaking ceremony for the Mineral Area College‘s Workforce Innovation and Education Center in Park Hills, Missouri. The 80,500-square-foot training facility is being constructed to satisfy the needs of area companies and to give students with opportunity to get specialized, technical skill training in order to secure well-paying employment close to home. The structure will have 12 classrooms, more than 26,000 square feet of program-specific lab space, and 7,000 square feet of flexible lab space to respond to future industry demands, as well as computer laboratories and faculty/staff offices, according to design specifications for the center.
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The Mineral Area College’s Workforce Innovation and Education Center facility is expected to offer training programs in engineering technology, fiber optic technician/network administration, machine tool/CNC operation, carpentry and construction, commercial HVAC, and industrial maintenance technology. Classes in the Workforce Innovation and Education Center are scheduled to commence in the fall of 2023. The state of Missouri has provided initial construction funds for the project in the amount of $5 million. Grant funds and a capital campaign undertaken in collaboration with the MAC Foundation are expected to cover further building-related and operations expenditures.
Following the groundbreaking ceremony, the board of trustees approved several other items involving physical improvements to the Park Hills campus, including a bid from Brockmiller Construction for concrete repairs to be made at various locations around campus, as well as bids for the purchase of furniture for the concourse and private dining area. Trustee Mit Landrum abstained from voting on the offer for concrete repairs. “Using HEERF (Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund) would allow us to have touchless entry and doorways throughout the campus,” said Dr. Joe Gilgour, president of MAC. They’ll be the same doors, but depending on how they’re configured, the doors won’t have to be touched.”