LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

Western Techinical College in La Crosse hopes a new building project will help build the future of its students.

School officials broke ground Friday on the expansion of their Applied Technology Center.

The plan is to create a comprehensive state-of-the-art Integrated Technology building.

As the demand in manufacturing jobs grows the new facility will allow several industrial programs to share classrooms and lab space. By adding on to the current Applied Technology Center instead of starting from scratch somewhere else on campus it actually saves the school money.

“Well we were fortunate years ago the original building was actually a one story building when it was constructed, but it was built with footings that could allow to support a four story building. So, we probably saved somewhere between four and six million dollars,” said Western Technical College President Lee Rasch.

The project is expected to be finished by fall of next year.