PEWAUKEE — Waukesha County
Technical College, 800 Main St., is looking to expand the school’s
“I Building,” or Industrial Building located near the center of
According to a memorandum to the WCTC District Board of Trustees,
the I Building expansion will “provide innovative solutions to the
skills gap crisis.”
The proposed expansion would make room for additional large
classrooms for manufacturing, automation systems technology,
industrial maintenance technician, and maintenance/ millwright
Combined, these programs now serve over 200 WCTC students.
There are plans for three new classrooms and the District Board is
hoping to start construction this May.
“This expansion will provide space for these high demand programs
and allow space needed for new equipment replicating automated
modular production systems currently found in manufacturing
companies,” said District Facilities Officer Jeffrey Leverenz in the
memo to the board.
The project is slated to be financed using the $2 million donated by
Terry Lutz in November of 2017, as well as $373,000 remaining
unspent funding that was donated for the school’s Integrated
Manufacturing Center addition in 2017.
Lutz also donated $800,000 for new training equipment, including an
automated manufacturing cell, fabrication lab and inspection
Additionally, he donated $40,000 for summer camps and high school
teacher training, with the hope of getting younger students
interested in manufacturing and arming their teachers with the
education needed to train students.
WCTC announced the school’s Integrated Manufacturing Center was
officially renamed the Terry Lutz Integrated Manufacturing Center
The cost of the proposed I Building expansion should not exceed
$2.37 million, according to the memo.
The project must first be sent to the Wisconsin Technical College
System Board for review and approval.
The WCTC District Board will meet tonight to approve sending out the