Western Technical College celebrates end of building projects

Western Technical College celebrated the end of its building projects and thanked the community for its support Saturday.

An event in the Cleary Courtyard offered a picnic lunch, live music, door prizes and tours through the college’s new facilities.

The Vision 2020 facilities projects began after a $79.8 million referendum in 2012, and included a new parking ramp and Horticulture Education Center, as well as renovations to buildings including the Integrated Technology Center, Coleman Center and the Kumm Center.

“There’s a real pride in our community,” Western President Lee Rasch said. “Pride in having a technical college like Western and our commitment to support what the needs are, so this isn’t about them supporting us and us walking away, it’s about us now being challenged to do things and deliver at the level that’s needed.”

Rasch said there are a few construction projects currently underway, but all the programs have now transitioned into their new spaces.