VAN ALSTYNE — Grayson College will celebrate the opening of its new 18,000 square foot South Campus Technical Center in Van Alstyne today, with tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a ribbon cutting at 10:30 am. The new Center will provide classroom and laboratory space for four programs that are needed to support in-demand workplace skills. The addition of these technical courses compliments the traditional transfer academic courses, dual credit offerings for nearby high schools, and Vocational Nursing program already available at that campus location.

VAN ALSTYNE — Grayson College will celebrate the opening of its new 18,000 square foot South Campus Technical Center in Van Alstyne today, with tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a ribbon cutting at 10:30 am. The new Center will provide classroom and laboratory space for four programs that are needed to support in-demand workplace skills. The addition of these technical courses compliments the traditional transfer academic courses, dual credit offerings for nearby high schools, and Vocational Nursing program already available at that campus location.


Opening just in time for Spring 2014 classes, the new facility allows GC to start two new training options for the region. A new program in Electrical Technology will provide skills for students entering the residential, commercial, industrial and new construction industries, and new course offerings in Occupational Safety and Health will help students begin training for this growing career field.


The new space allows for the expansion of the College’s Welding Technology program. The Main Campus Welding Program in Denison, is at capacity and area employers are anticipating a continued demand for skilled welders. The expansion of the Welding Program to the South Campus will enable GC to offset that demand.


And, GC will re-locate its current Medical Laboratory Technology program to the new Technical Center. The pre-requisite and co-requisite courses are already offered at the South Campus, which will allow GC to maximize enrollment capacity in those courses. A side benefit of the relocation is the synergy created by having two allied health programs in close proximity.


GC President Dr. Jeremy McMillen is excited about the opportunity these programs will give the area citizens. He stated, "The addition of this facility has already had a positive impact on our area’s economy. And, now that a broader variety of employment training and academic preparation is more accessible for the citizens of our region, the communities will benefit for many years, too."


Funding for the new facility was made possible with a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration and Grayson College.