Edmond CC breaking ground for new STEM building

Sep 05, 2018
Courtesy of: Edmonds Community College A public groundbreaking ceremony for Edmonds CC’s new SET building, seen here in an illustration, is Sept. 12.

Edmonds Community College has scheduled a public groundbreaking ceremony for its 70,000-square-foot Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) building. It is 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the west section of parking lot B.

“Edmonds CC plays a vital role in educating and training students for an increasing number of in-demand, high-wage STEM jobs,” said Amit Singh, Edmonds CC’s president. STEM is an acronym for science, engineering and technology

“The building will give students access to a state-of-the art facility and continued top-quality STEM education that meets industry needs.”

The Puget Sound Regional Council has projected the region to grow by about 1.8 million people between now and 2050, the college says, and about 1.2 million jobs will be created. Many will require workforce skills in STEM.

“When our students have access to classes, tools, and equipment to help them develop STEM skills, we all benefit,” Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith said. “Edmonds CC’s new SET building will continue the learning pipeline that helps supply businesses with local talent, creating opportunities for students and prosperity for our local economy.”

Smith will be in attendance, along with local legislators and members of the college’s Board of Trustees.

The state Legislature approved $47.1 million for construction of the SET building, which was one of 25 projects included in the Washington State Board for Community and Technical College’s $338 million budget request for the 2017-19 capital budget.

Over the past 20 years, Edmonds CC has received numerous grants, totaling over $50 million, in support of STEM education from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other public and private sources

The building is scheduled to open in 2020. For more information and location, visit edcc.edu/SETBuilding.

 

 

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