The Mesalands Community College Board of Trustees has approved a plan to build a 2,400 square-foot training facility, expected to be completed by July 2006.
The facility will house a lab for the college’s new building trades program and a lab for business office technology training.
“In the building trades program, students will be able to construct small model homes or maybe even large structures in components,” said John Yearout, the college’s director of public relations. “The students will learn things like framing and dry walling and how to repair and remodel homes.”
Yearout said the business office technology program will give students greater in-depth training in office computer systems. He said the college will partner with area high schools to give high school students a chance to learn building trades at the college.
“High school juniors and seniors will be able to possibly learn a trade before they graduate from high school,” Yearout said. “They could later use their trade to earn money while attending college.”
The new facility will be paid for by funds totaling $360,000. The funds were acquired from the New Mexico Department of Higher Education, which has appropriated $10 million for Career-Vocational Technical Education Centers (C-TEC) throughout New Mexico, according to a Mesalands press release.
The new facility will be located south of Building C on the Mesalands campus.
Although the facility won’t be completed until next summer, the college plans to offer C-TEC courses beginning this fall.