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Richland Expands For New Programs
Dirt turned in pots, representing the groundbreaking of Richland Community College's Workforce Development Institute.
Campus leaders believe the new building will begin a new chapter in educating Decatur.
"It's going to provide us with an opportunity to house brand-new programs as well as expand some of our existing programs in career and technical education," Richland Community College President Gayle Saunders said.
Richland will soon have a facility geared to training people in automotive, technological, and building trades. Saunders hopes the new programs will have a lasting affect on jobs in Decatur and surrounding cities.
"It's about time we got into training people for those great careers," Saunders said. "We are an advance manufacturing district and area. A great deal of our opportunities are very complex applied science kinds of programming."
The $14 million facility will house classrooms and a fitness area for students, but the building will not just help those at Richland. High school students will get a chance to receive a head start in their college courses.
"It will bring to them state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to learn in their chosen career technical trade," Brett Robinson, chairman of the Heartland Tech Academy Board, said.
"Bridge that little gap from high school to a four year school and Richland does a phenomenal job, just a phenomenal job," Decatur Rep. Sue Sherer said.
In Decatur, Glenn Marshall with ABC Newschannel 20.