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The Center for Applied Technology

CAT final beam photo
Wayne State College celebrated a “topping-out” ceremony for the Center for Applied Technology on April 17, 2018, during which the last beam of the CAT building was put into place.

Wayne State College recently secured $8.9 million through a state bond program underscoring the importance of a $15.2-million state-of-the-art Center for Applied Technology to address workforce and economic development in Nebraska. Wayne State College's School of Business and Technology has a strong reputation of graduating well prepared students who serve as industrial technology educators and leaders. The Center for Applied Technology will continue to attract first rate students and faculty and increase the number of industrial technology teachers, diversified manufacturing administrators, construction and safety managers, drafters and computer programmers. Wayne State College held its groundbreaking ceremony for the Center for Applied Technology on Nov. 16, 2017, and celebrated a "topping out" ceremony April 17, 2018, during which the final beam of the building was put into place.

The Center for Applied Technology will provide Northeast Nebraska with a facility to support management training for industry, encourage ongoing employee development, foster small business entrepreneurs interested in manufacturing, and engage in applied research with industry.

The Nebraska Department of Education identified industrial technology teachers as a critical need area across the state; these teachers are needed to provide students with the education to support Nebraska's industries with just-in-time employees. Wayne State College is the only four-year institution in Nebraska that offers an Industrial Technology Education program. In addition, Nebraska is one of the top three states with the fastest growth in technology jobs. For this industry to grow and prosper, additional college graduates who have the ability to design, deploy, integrate and manage both emerging (advanced manufacturing, robotics and 3-D printing) and traditional (construction, manufacturing and planning/design) technologies are needed.

The Center for Applied Technology will serve as a gateway of opportunity for hundreds of students to experience today's manufacturing industry in an environment that cultivates interest and excitement in the area of industrial technology. This premier facility complimented by top-notch faculty who deliver an industry based curriculum will attract students from high schools as well as the community colleges to seek careers in this growing area. Furthermore, the Center for Applied Technology will serve as the career academy for northeast Nebraska school districts introducing thousands of high school students to careers in industrial technology.

The Center for Applied Technology is being built directly east of Gardner Hall, home of the School of Business and Technology. The new 53,000-square-foot structure will add two new classrooms and 13 new state-of-the-art instructional labs for manufacturing, applied engineering, construction management, safety management and robotics. This new space will create synergy through faculty alignment enhancing the student experience. The facility is on track to be completed by December 2018 and open for classes in Spring 2019.

To learn more about the Center for Applied Technology project, contact the Wayne State Foundation at 402-375-7510.