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Local technical college opens new transportation center

WINONA, Minn. - People looking to get into the automotive industry now have a brand new facility to train in.

Minnesota State College Southeast Technical in Winona unveiled a new transportation facility on Sunday.

It's home to the Truck Driving Auto Body Collision and Automotive technology programs.

The new center means the college can now consolidate to one campus.

School officials say the new center, with some help from the community, is important to make sure students are receiving the training they need to be successful in the industry.


"We had to keep up with industry. We had to get the new computers if you look through here we have every make and model of car that's in our communities and they're brand new. They donate vehicles for us to work on and they donate the latest equipment so that we can help them in their industry and back out at their dealerships," said Nate Emerson, Vice President of Student Affairs.

Sunday's dedication ceremony also honored the man the center is named after.

Norris P. Abts worked at the college for almost 30 years and played an instrumental role in developing the schools transportation programs.

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