Partners contribute $100,000 for UACCB expansion

A total of ten community partners have contributed a total of $100,000 toward the newly conceptualized “Gateway Center” expansion which includes the acquisition of a 52-acre and 100,000 square foot building close to the current campus. The partners’ joint support effort was led by UACCB partner First Community Bank. Contributors were First Community Bank, White River Distributors, Atlas Asphalt, Frank A. Rogers Company (FARCO), Future Fuel, White River Now, Bad Boy Mowers, LaCroix Precision Optics, Peco Foods, Centennial Bank, and Citizens Bank. The purpose of the expansion is to better conduct programs with unique space needs such as agricultural, technology and innovation programs, commercial driving, heavy equipment operators and industrial training spaces.“ These are programs that feed high-demand industries in the state,” Dr. Brian Shonk, chancellor of the college said of envisioned future growth. “Our programs are responsive to real employment needs, and providing the best training possible in these programs benefits not just the students, but our local employers and the local economy.”

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