Northeast State’s Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM) held a groundbreaking ceremony Dec. 16 for a new 15,000 square-foot expansion.
The expansion adds workforce development capacity adjacent to the existing 26,000 square-foot facility. The extra space will provide for expanded content delivery for both credit and continuing education programs.
In addition, the project will also add Machine Tool Technology to the programs now offered at RCAM, significantly increasing the College’s machine tool capacity. The project will also allow for increased dual enrollment opportunities.
Nov. 17 marked the first day of construction and the $2.6 million project is expected to be completed in August 2017.
RCAM is Northeast State’s primary off-campus facility for training a qualified workforce for the region’s manufacturing sector. RCAM courses may be used to fulfill requirements for associate of applied science degrees and/or technical certificate programs offered in Chemical Process Operations, Electromechanical Technology, Electrical Technology, and Welding/Metal Fabrication.
Expansion plans call for a two-story building. The first floor includes industrial-type labs with welding booths and machine tools, as well as tool storage rooms. The second floor includes six classrooms and additional staff offices.
RCAM debuted in 2009 with 94 students and currently enrolls more than 500 students.
The general contractor is Quesenberry’s, Inc of Big Stone Gap, Va. The project’s architect is Don Solt of Beeson, Lusk & Street.