3D printing coming to PJC

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PARIS, TX -- A new program at Paris Junior College gives technology students another option.

After receiving a $350,000 grant from Jobs and Education of Texas, PJC will become the first community college in Texas to offer a 3D printing program.

The grant will allow the college to purchase 20 different printers, along with 40 workstations and materials.

With the amount of job vacancies statewide in this sector Dean of Workforce Education, John Spradling, says the program will bring PJC to the forefront in the state.

"Right now there is nobody in the area that has that ability," said Spradling. "They may have some printers that they are working with, but they don't have any programming built. So we are able to offer a full certificate or degree in that area."

This grant joins another recent Jobs and Education of Texas grant of just over $345,000 to upgrade the PJC welding program.

“We strive to have training available to meet the needs of industry and to aid in economic development,” said PJC President, Dr. Pam Anglin.

The 3D printing will be available in the fall.