STEVENS POINT, WI (WSAU-WAOW) – Mid-State Technical College broke ground on its new Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology and Apprenticeship Center.
Right now what appears to be a vacant dirt lot in Stevens Point will soon be the location of a new state of the art facility. The land was donated by Wayne Bushman, a well-knwon entrepreneur in the Stevens Point area.
The center will offer top notch training to filter students directly into the workforce with features such as state of the art laboratories and equipment. City officials say this will create a generational impact, as well as a boost in the economy and the workforce for employers in the Stevens Point area, and a long-term benefit for the city.
“Students that are here going to school, assuming they stay here with jobs, obviously they’re going to buy homes,” Portage County Business Council Executive Director Tod Kuckkahn said. “They’re going to rent apartments, they’re maybe going to start families, they’re going to support their community, and they’re going to go to the restaurants.”
Kuckkahn added that the facility will have the attraction to bring in students from all over the state, the country, and potentially other countries as well because of the level of training that will be offered.
Mid-State Technical College hopes to have the $9-million in fundraising completed by the end of 2021.
The other half of the revitalization project will focus the expansion of Gamber Johnson company, and renovations of the former Joerns Company building as well.