Drake State Community and Technical College announced the construction of a 50,000-square-foot Advanced Manufacturing Center yesterday.
The new building, on Meridian Street in Huntsville, will support aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries and include the most in-demand training programs like engineering design and mechatronics.
“The need is so great. We want to show students that there are a lot of ways to make a good living that will allow them to be outstanding members, not only in their families, but in their communities as well,” said Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy Baker.
Skills learned at the new Advanced Manufacturing Center will help students earn nationally recognized certifications at a low cost.
“We know that our continued economic growth depends on a highly skilled workforce,” said Drake State President Dr. Patricia Sims. “A community college is the best vehicle to change our state by providing access to more career opportunities.”
Construction is slated to break ground in January 2023.