Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said it was good to be back in Mississippi County. Gov. Hutchinson was the keynote speaker for the Arkansas Northeastern College’s new Center for Allied Technologies’ open house held Friday, Aug. 17.
ANC President Dr. James Shemwell welcomed the large crowd saying it has been a long time in the making.
The 90,000 square foot center actually decreases the college’s overall facilities by 30,000 square feet by consolidating the Burdette Center, Harry L. Crisp Center, and the ACME Center with an estimated cost savings for the college of approximately $100,000 a year in maintenance.
The Center for Allied Technologies features the headquarters for the college’s customized training force, The Solutions Group, including general purpose classrooms, electrical classroom and lab, mechanical classroom and lab, safety classroom and lab, HVACR classroom and lab, computer classroom, and large multi-purpose room as well as a world class welding laboratory. Area high schools will be served on the main campus for advanced manufacturing, welding, criminal justice, education and construction/carpentry.
Also featured in the new facility is the aircraft complex, combination non-destructive testing (NDT) and composites laboratory, and general purpose classrooms to fully accommodate ANC’s Federal Aviation Administration, certified Aviation Maintenance program. Other related facilities include an aircraft apron, paint booth, tool room and compass rose.
The building design features a two-story-height aviation room, welding laboratory, and glass entrance tower to add to the building’s distinctiveness and appeal.
The Center is the home to the newly created Arkansas Steel Academy (a partnership with the SMSgroup of Germany) and is scheduled to begin operations in 2019. By partnering with SMS, the Arkansas Northeastern College has become a satellite training hub for North America as a cost effective way to gain knowledge of cutting edge techniques in steel making and processing. The agreement between ANC and SMS group will allow companies to save the costs of overseas travel by providing a North American option for the renowned TECademy training.
The cost of the facility is approximately $14,400,000 including architectural and engineering fees. The new Center is supported by $1,805,500 of private donations.