ANC announces plans for new facility in Blytheville

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas Northeastern College announced construction plans Thursday for a $12 million facility on Blytheville's campus.

Dr. James Shemwell, ANC president, said the college plans to utilize the building by providing customized training for manufacturing jobs.

According to Arkansas Talk Business & Politics, the new facility is necessary because the current buildings are subpar and need to be replaced.

"This is such a great idea," Shemwell said. "It will serve our students so much better. It will be geared toward high-demand fields where the education phase is two years or less. It is really going to be a step into the future for us and the companies we work with."

The additional building expects to house an electrical lab, hydraulics/pneumatics lab, safety/environmental lab, training rooms and a machine and welding fabrication shop.

The college raised $825,000 in private donations, mostly from companies who have workers that trained there.

Big River Steel and Zekelman Industries announced they would each donate $50,000 to the new building.

Shemwell hopes the new facility will be complete by summer 2018.

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