Work is ongoing at the Career and Technology Education building on the campus of Williston State College, with a projected Spring 2011 completion date, according to Robb Floco, director of the CTE department.
While work was stalled for a short time over the summer, contractors are now working full speed ahead to get the building ready for occupancy. "The concrete is in, the plumbing is in, the electrical, mechanical and underground wiring is complete, and the exterior panels are about 30 percent done," Floco said. "We're making progress."
The building will house the residential carpentry, welding and agriculture technology departments. The welding and carpentry programs, which have not been offered for more than 20 years, will be a welcome addition to WSC's offerings. Bruce Johnson has been hired to help develop and move forward the carpentry program and Bruce Dannar has been hired to teach welding.
These three programs mentioned will kick off this fall via distance education, and when the building is complete, they will be entirely housed in the new facility. "We'll still do distance education to the outlying high schools, but now we'll have a home," Floco said.
He is looking forward to the day when the building is done and occupied. "The last three months we've seen strong progress, not only with the building but with the community as well," he said. He encourages anyone with questions or comments about the programs or the building, to contact him at WSC, 774-6225.