CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A yearlong, $2.3 million construction project to bring state-of-the-art industrial training to Cleveland State Community College is a few machines away from completion.
This week, when the Tennessee Board of Regents meets on the Cleveland State campus, the center is expected to be ready except for industrial machinery to be added in a few months.
"The building has to meet the requirements for automated, computerized technology," project manager Dan Miller of J&J Contractors said. "The idea is that students will train here on the same types of equipment they will see in industry."
One example of that is the wide-open, perfectly smooth and level nearly 4,000 square feet of floor space.
The Board of Regents, Tennessee's governing body for higher education for community colleges, will hold its quarterly meeting Thursday and Friday at Cleveland State. Gov. Bill Haslam, Regents Chancellor John Morgan and Board of Regents members will be guests at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new addition Thursday at 5 p.m.
The Cleveland State project included a $2 million grant from the Board of Regents. The rest of the funding, including a "significant portion" from Wacker Chemical, was picked up by local matching funds, said Allan Gentry, head of Cleveland State's technology department.
The center was added to the college's existing technology building.
Gentry said high bay doors allow students to see all the building's systems. The addition also has its own energy-efficiency features, including sensors that adjust interior lighting to compensate for natural light coming through large windows or turn off the lights when no one is around.
The Board of Regents holds two of its four meetings each year in Nashville and two on visits to campuses across the state.
Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...