Eastern Wyoming College new Ag building set to open in August

This center will provide 70 students state of the art laboratories, an auditorium for large national and regional conferences that can fit 185 people and receive the inner workings of AG. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)
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TORRINGTON, Wyo. Construction is underway for the new Eastern Wyoming College Agricultural Technology Education Center.

This center will provide 70 students with education centering on Agriculture.

It will offer state of the art laboratories, an auditorium for large national and regional conferences that can fit 185 people and receive the inner workings of AG.

The building is just under 25,000 square feet with a cost of $8.2 million.

Students interested will take courses including but not limited to livestock production, agronomy, plant science, precision agriculture and workforce technology.

“We want people to be able to stay in agriculture and part of being able to stay in agriculture is to make sure you are able to do the things your family has been doing for maybe even a century but have the new technology and skills,” explained John Hansen, Director of Institutional Development.

These skills can land jobs in agriculture including but not limited to crop production, plant scientist, production agriculture, traditional farmer and rancher and turf management.

“Part of that workforce is re-training people with new skills and new technology,” said Hansen. “It’s so important for our students to have updated hands on skills and also for businesses to be able to train the workforce of the future.”

Out of the $8.2 million, there is less than $100,000 left to raise.

Most of the funds come from investments from Nebraska businesses, property owners, grants, fundraising and donations.

No state money is involved.

The building is expected to be completed and classes set to begin at the end of August.