State Tech breaks ground on new facilities

LINN - State Technical College of Missouri broke ground Thursday on a new project that will house several of their programs.

The Utility Technology Center and the Civil Construction Technology Center are two new buildings being added to the east side of State Tech's campus.

The Utility Technology Center will be the home for State Tech's Electrical Distribution program, Utility Technician program, Nuclear Technology program, and a Utility Locating training area known as Safety Village. The project also includes a 20,000 square foot indoor climbing and boring lab.

Shawn Strong is the president of State Tech and said the new buildings will give the college more room to expand their programs.

"Both buildings really serve infrastructure and workforce development that the governor talks about," Strong said.

The Civil Construction Technology Center is a part of Governor Parson's MoExcel workforce initiative and received $4 million in support.

This building will be the home for Heavy Equipment Operations, Civil Engineering Technology, and a new Civil Construction Technology program as well as connect the older Multipurpose Building and Heavy Equipment Operations Building.

All of these programs were housed in the Multipurpose building.

Funding for the project came from private funding, federal grants and state funds. The Utility Technology Center is set to be complete in October while the Civil Construction Technology Center will be completed in June.

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