LMC opens new technology center

Lake Michigan College students will go back to school next Tuesday. When they step foot on campus, they will see a new building located at the center of campus.

The Hanson Technology Center will be open for the fall semester. It has been a year in the making to get this building built on campus. The center will house different technology and manufacturing programs within the college. This includes energy production, engineering, machine tool, mechatronics, skilled trades and welding production programs.

The variety and range of tools inside the building will allow students to create almost anything. “I think this is the most excited we’ve been in a long time in gearing up for a fall semester. The community is going to be able to come out and be proud of what they’ve been able to help this college bring here locally,” said Dean of Career and Workforce Education Ken Flowers.

This building will replace the former M-TEC building that was located on Klock Road. By having this building centrally located on campus, it will give more students the opportunity to get involved in different programs.

Flowers added, “The building itself is you draw in. It was actually built and designed to draw people in. You can look at it and see all the way through it with the glass. People are going to want to come in here and say, hey what’s going on?’”

Also new this semester and inside the building is a Fabrication Lab. It is similar to the "Maker Space" movement where students can come in and make different things. “It offers a unique perspective on young people that want to come in and do some things that are quick to learn like. 3-D printing, laser cutting, vinyl cutting, anything you can think of in terms of layout and design,” Flowers said.

Tuesday from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. there will be an open house. The public can stop by and see and see the new building. Students can also register for classes during that time.

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