Drake State Community and Technical College in Huntsville, Ala., has begun construction of an advanced manufacturing center.
The college says the 50,000-square-foot facility will support the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries and house the most in-demand training programs, including engineering design and mechatronics. The new building will have dedicated space for machine tool technology, welding, industrial systems and technology, drafting and design and more, as well as lab spaces, classrooms and offices for instructors and administration.
"This leading-edge facility cements our commitment to workforce development in the North Alabama region," said Patricia Sims, president of Drake State Community and Technical College. "It will help our students secure high-wage jobs and nationally recognized certifications at an affordable cost."
The Drake State Advanced Manufacturing Center was identified as a needed project through the ACCS ASPIRE 2030 initiative, which provides funding for facility upgrades and new construction for all levels of education in Alabama.
The advanced manufacturing center is designed to equip students with skills that will help them earn a high wage and gain nationally recognized certifications at a low cost.
Construction on the building is scheduled to be completed by fall 2024.
The architect is Goodwyn Mills Cawood and the builder is Fite Building Company.