College Celebrates Completion of Tech Center
On Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Sheridan College hosted a ribbon cutting and reception to celebrate the recently completed renovation and expansion of the Technical Center. The event was free and open to the public, with guided tours, refreshments and a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m.
The Tech Center houses the Machine Tool Technology, Diesel Technology, Welding Technology and Construction Technology programs at Sheridan College.
The facility features 52,000 total square feet of instructional training labs, classrooms and flexible space, adding approximately 25,000 square feet to the original facility. The expansion also includes a brand-new welding lab; a wheeled lab addition to the diesel lab; and new classrooms, faculty offices and common areas for students.
At 5 p.m., the crowd moved outside into the bitter cold to observe the ribbon cutting.
President Dr. Paul Young introduced himself as a “lame-duck president” because of his upcoming retirement. “This is a proud day for Whitney Benefits,” Dr. Young said. He described completion of the Tech Center as a “community effort” from the state all the way down to individuals.
“Kinnison would have loved to see this,” he said, referring to the late Tom Kinnison. Whitney Benefits board president, Wyoming legislator and fierce advocate for higher education, Kinnison left an indelible mark on the community and Sheridan College. He served on the Whitney Benefits board of directors for 18 years and was instrumental in advancing many projects at Sheridan College, including funding new facilities, programs, faculty and staff.
After everyone moved back inside, Roy Garber, president of Whitney Benefits, commended the staff and introduced each of them individually.
The remodel and expansion cost $13 million, with $6,500,000 in funding from the state and $6,500,000 in matching private funds. The college also purchased new equipment with $1.5 million in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Commerce/Economic Development Administration.
The Sheridan College Technical Center is located at 1 Whitney Way in Sheridan.