New technical education complex at Northeast State on track to open in 2020


BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL)- The construction of a new Technical Education Complex on the campus of Northeast State Community College is taking shape.

The groundbreaking for the new facility took place last October, and officials said they are still on track to open in the spring of 2020.

The $30 million new complex is just over halfway complete.

It promises new opportunities for Northeast State students that’ll set them and our region apart from the rest in the workforce.

On the busy construction site – crews are creating a 115,000 square foot technical education complex.

Soon – students will be creating there with state-of-the-art equipment that mimics what they will see on the job.

“We’re going to have a full size airplane,” Northeast State spokesperson Bob Carpenter said.

Northeast State leaders said it’s an opportunity for the school and our region.

“It’s a building to showcase what we’re doing in this region and what we do in workforce development with business and industry,” Northeast State Dean of Advanced Technologies Sam Rowell said.

Progress on the new facility is well underway.

“Basically your major structural components are already finished, we’re putting the zinc up on the outside of the building which is going to make the edifice look incredible,” Northeast State Finance and Administration Vice President Allen Bottorff said.

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