Multi-million dollar facility planned for Alamance Community College

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ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. -- Alamance Community College plans to break ground next summer for a $15 million facility to train students in high demand trades.

The  Advanced Applied Technology Center was voted upon about three years ago but paid for in full about a year ago.

Vice President of Instruction Cathy Johnson said the center is an investment to the community.

“Our current space is very old and we need to expand our resources; we need to have larger, better space to teach these highly technical skills,” Johnson said.

The center will house different hands on curriculums including welding, mechanics, mechatronics, HVAC and automotive.

“We've had several industries in the machining area that have told us that in 10 years 50 percent of their workforce will be retired and they need skilled workers to come in and replace them,” Johnson said.

The center is expected to open in the fall of 2017.