Sep 17, 2013
by D.S. EDWARDS CBN Feature Writer
Thanks to the voters who approved a bond measure and the state government that provided matching funds, the construction of the new Manufacturing and Applied Technology Center on Redmond’s COCC campus is nearing completion and will be receiving students by September 2014.
At 26,000 square feet, the Manufacturing Training Facility will be more than ready to create the employees of tomorrow for Central Oregon’s manufacturers. The MATC is a self-paced learning environment. Students will be able to come to the MATC during any times that the center is open.
They will work at their own pace while staying in regular contact with instructors and facilitators. Using a checklist system, MATC students move step-by-step through their assignments that include reading, calculations and practical labs. Because of the self-based system, the MATC is able present a wide variety of topics every term as they work towards their certificates and degrees.
Designed by BBT Architects Inc., the new technology center features state-of-the-art design and functionality, creating an environment where students can excel in an ever changing hi-tech manufacturing industry. The contractor on the project is Kirby Nagelhout Construction, the MATC is due to be completed in July 2014.