Winona State University’s ‘Education Village’ project moves forward

Major updates are coming to the Winona State University campus.

Three education buildings at the college are being renovated over the next two years as a part of the ‘Education Village’ project. Crews hosted WSU staff and students today to tour the future College of Education buildings.

The school says the $31-million project will create state-of-the-art learning and teaching spaces while preserving the history of the former Cathedral elementary school, Wabasha Rec and Wabasha Hall buildings.

“Education Village is a philosophy. It’s not just these buildings, it’s our buildings in Rochester, our buildings in La Crescent, in Austin. So the network that we have with partner school districts and with various educators, it all comes together with Education Village,” said WSU College of Education Dean Tarrell Portman.

The updated facilities will pair traditional teaching methods with new technologies. Education students say they are excited for the in-class experience the new spaces will offer.

“This will open my Junior year, and I think ha ving 2 years iof experience here will help us prepare for the classrooms that we’re going into,” said Elementary Education with Early Childhood Freshman Natalie Benson.

Campus leaders will hold a ceremonial ground breaking for the Education Village project this weekend.

Programs and spaces should be available to WSU’s College of Education by Fall of 2019.