(Wyo)-EWC Holds Groundbreaking For New Ag Center
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TORRINGTON - Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington held groundbreaking ceremonies for its new $7.9-million dollar ATEC - Agricultural Technology Education Center. Board members, faculty, students and community members were all on hand for the event.
Construction of the nearly 26,000-square foot building is scheduled to begin in April with the first classes expected in August of next year.
The ATEC will feature agriculture programs including precision agriculture with a demonstration area, seminar and conference rooms, commons, offices, classrooms and state-of-the-art labs.
EWC Director of Institutional Development John Hansen told KNEB radio that the school wants to have "the best technology to be able to meet the needs of the students and a changing economy."
Hansen says ATEC will allow the college to greatly expand its precision ag and plant science offerings with the center's multi-dimensional, multi-use design allowing it to host conferences using an auditorium seating 185 people. Instructors will even be able to bring in livestock for classroom experiences.
The biggest single piece of funding for ATEC was its first, $3.3-million dollars in general obligation bonds approved by Goshen County voters in the 2016 election.
Hansen says fundraising is continuing as EWC is still about $440,000 short of what's needed for furniture, fixtures, and equipment.
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