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Western breaks ground on addition

Courtesy of La Crosse Tribune
June 20, 2013

Full story also found on La Crosse Tribune website

Western Technical College officials broke ground Thursday on a $4.1 million addition for training diesel and heavy equipment technicians.

It is the first project to get underway from Western's $80 million referendum in the fall. The referendum is slated to fund six major building projects, including extensive remodels to the Coleman and Kumm centers, and the college's technology building.

College officials expect to support an extra 1,000 students with the new spaces funded through the referendum.

The 20,000-square-foot training addition begun Thursday in La Crosse includes more classrooms and more space for teaching students in-demand technical skills, according to the college.

The revamped Truck and Heavy Equipment Facility is scheduled to finish next spring and open to students in the fall.

The new building will also house Western's new compressed natural gas training program, funded by a grant from the state's tech college system.