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CCC celebrates completed renovations of Hamilton building

Published: Feb. 18, 2021 at 5:46 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Central Community College celebrated the newly renovated Hamilton building on the Hastings campus after two years and $10 million went into making the project happen.

The facility now has an expanded welding program that aims to get more people trained into the Nebraska workforce. CCC is able to double their class population for the program and have more up to date equipment.

“The facility has more than doubled the size, more than doubled the equipment and has brought that new modern manufacturing feel of an accepting, open place that is light and safe and now we got the room to expand our program,” Associate Dean Mark Funkey said.

During the pandemic, CCC has been providing specialty and technical training to help get people back to work or finish their education. The new facility will also be able to provide more to the greater community.

“Having a brand-new cool facility also gives up more opportunities for training and development and other outreach within the community to support existing welders to update their certifications, those kinds of things,” Funkey said.

Governor Pete Ricketts stopped into town to celebrate Hastings being a leader in the technical industry. He also said having more people trained in the technical field will help fill the high demand for those jobs as the state recovers from the pandemic.

“One of the things we want to do is make sure all of our young people in Nebraska know we have great careers here in our state and they get the skills right here in our state to take those jobs and our community colleges are a key part of that,” Governor Ricketts said.

Leaders of the program said the facility is moving away from old ways of working and thinking in the field and opening it up to more modern tools and procedures.

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