VAN ALSTYNE, TX -- Two new programs will be offered and two existing programs are expanding at Grayson College - programs that filled needed jobs within the community.
Those programs are thanks to the opening of the College's new Technology Center located on the South Campus. Administrators held a ribbon cutting for the new center Wednesday morning.
"I'll tell you, everybody, everywhere I go is so excited about this," President Jeremy McMillen said. "People are excited about this because it is tied to the economic needs of our area."
The new programs host by the center are Electrical Technology and Occupational Safety and Health - a program run in conjunction with SOSU.
They'll also use the $4 million dollar building to expand two existing programs: Medical Laboratory Technology and Welding Technology - which already has more students than they can accommodate.
Grayson Director for Welding technologies Greg Beckley said the job market has such a high demand for welders they have to turn away several applicants to the welding program each year.
"We probably have employees at all the major businesses in the Sherman/Denison area. And with the addition to this facility here we can start filling the need for the south," Beckley said.
McMillen said the new building officially opens with the start of the 2014 spring semester. They have room for around 100 students between the four programs.
"And that's on a single enrollment. So if we did a morning class - and so we could actually double up on those. And so the number of students could increase exponentially on those," he said.
The center was built using a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, which was matched with funds from College.