Sheridan College officials hope to expand Tech Center - KOTA Territory News

Sheridan College officials hope to expand Tech Center

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A KOTA Territory college wants to expand one of its facilities to meet the need for the growing interest in some manufacturing fields.

Sheridan College officials want to renovate the Technical Education Center, where many students learn welding and machine-tool technology.

School officials say the college will need support and fund-raising from the community to move forward.  Instructors say there is a huge demand for jobs in welding and diesel technology and they are turning away too many applicants due to limited space.

"We need to grow.  We need to be proactive in our growth.  Right now, we're kind of bulging at the seams here in this shop," said welding instructor Carl Schiner.

Students in the welding program also believe that the space is a little crowded.

"Seems like it, for sure.  Especially being a first year student, kind of seems like there's a lot of attention on the Tech Center, diesel program, welding program," said Freshman Samuel Costalez.

Schiner says officials hope to start renovations in two or three years.

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