St. Cloud Technical & Community College in Saint Cloud, MN, is bringing a 37-year-old program into the 21st century with the help of a $4 million bonding allocation from the state.
The money is being used to renovate the auto body lab and add a new medium-heavy truck lab allowing the school to train more students in newer technologies, making them more employable.
The new facility will be 17,372 square feet and have eight truck stalls with an entrance and exit designated for 18-wheelers with attached trailers and a large enough area to turn big trucks around.
With the additional space, the engines and machines stored outside will have a place inside, and it also will incorporate an overhead crane.
In the past, only 24 students could be admitted each fall into the auto body collision technology and medium-heavy truck technician programs.
The college expects to double the number of students in the medium truck program and expects a 48% increase in students in the auto body program.