The broad spaces in the new College of Western Idaho Micron Center for Professional Technical Education will serve students and industries for years to come, says President Bert Glandon.
This investment in future facilities enables us to focus our energy on configuring a professional technical center where todays programs can incorporate the flexibility to anticipate future innovations in technology and practices, he said. [0x0b]
Who will use it? About 2,000 students are enrolled in the programs moving to the center at 5725 E. Franklin Road this summer, and more than 20,000 other students will take customized and fast-track evening classes there in the next year. Treasure Valley businesses also will use the center to train employees and upgrade skills.
How big is it? 176,264 square feet, which includes an additional 39,000 square feet on a second floor and in a diesel bay. The second floor will be used for administrative offices, classrooms and storage.
Whats the cost? $16.9 million, including $12.9 million from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation and $2.5 million from the Micron Foundation.
What programs are taught there? Auto body, automotive technology, diesel technology, drafting technology, electronics technology, machine tool technology, powersports and small-engine repair technology, and welding and metal fabrication.
Sandra Forester: 377-6464