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College Cuts the Ribbon on New Industrial Technology Center

I n his 23 years of teaching Industrial Electronics classes at Tri-County Technical College, Doug Allen says he’s never seen as many requests for technically-skilled employees as he has in recent months. Allen, speaking at the March 8 ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the College’s new Industrial Technology Center (ITC), said the modern facility will help meet the growing needs of local industry.

The 43,000-square-foot Industrial Technology Center houses the Welding and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

(HVAC) programs and was specifically designed to mimic a real- world industrial setting. It’s also being billed as a showplace by economic development prospects and local companies.

“This is a milestone for us,” said President Booth, as he compared the Pendleton facilities to the ITC located just five miles from the campus. “Students are learning to function in an industrial environment,” said Dr. Booth, adding that equipment that students train on in the ITC matches industries’ expectations of what graduates will use on the job. “Students are proud of this facility.”

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The new facility that opened the first day of spring semester (January 14) is a far cry from the Welding and HVAC facility located on the Pendleton Campus since 1963. “There is a vast difference in the two facilities,” said third-semester Welding student Jessica Gray-Brewer, 21, who compares the two buildings as “going from a cave to the Taj Mahal. It just knocks you out. There’s so much energy in the room,” she said.

“It’s like a new program now with very up-to-date equipment. We are learning on the latest and greatest. It makes me eager to learn,” she added.

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