County Technical College announced Friday it will move
forward with plans to build a $4.5 million Integrated
- Despite falling short of its goal of raising $2 million by Sept.
30 for a proposed Integrated Manufacturing Center, Waukesha County
Technical College announced Friday it will move forward with plans
to build the $4.5 million facility.
Mike Shiels, dean of the WCTC School of Applied Technologies, said
the college has heard repeatedly from the business community that
the project would be “the best option to produce the skilled
employees they need.”
“We are actively working with several more employers on gift
commitments,” Shiels said.
The proposed 24,000square-foot center will be connected
to the college’s existing Industrial Building and will be home
to several programs within the School of Applied Technologies.
WCTC plans to spend $1.5 million on the project in accordance with
the state’s limit on capital project spending. WCTC has been
working closely with the Waukesha County Business Alliance and the
group’s Manufacturing Executive Council on the IMC capital
WCTC announced in August it had received a $1 million pledge from
an anonymous donor for the project. An initial deadline was set
for early September for the college to raise $2 million required
as a match by the donor. The deadline was then extended to Sept.
The deadline set by the donor
has now been extended to June 30, 2015. To date, nearly $1.4
million has been committed for the project.
WCTC District Board Chair Pauline Jaske said the board is behind
the project and has encouraged staff to move forward with plans
for a $4.5 million building. Less expensive plans had been
presented to the board earlier this week.
WCTC is now planning to move forward with the project’s
architectural and engineering firms to plan for a two-phase design
build-out by floor (ground floor and second floor) with plans to
break ground in April 2015. If the funds are not raised by
January, the project could be delayed to break ground in fall