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Hundreds turn out for Linn State grand opening ceremony
Over two hundred people turned out Friday afternoon for the grand opening of the new Vehicle and Power Center at Linn State Technical College, with a keynote address by Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman kicking off the event.
In his address, Oberhelman said that the Vehicle and Power Center was one of the finest training facilities he’s ever seen. “Caterpillar supports programs and facilities like this one throughout the world,” said Oberhelman. “Trust me there is nothing out there that compares and everybody here should be very proud of this facility.”
According to Oberhelman, the days of turning a wrench are behind us and the need for sophisticated technicians is necessary to fix today’s equipment. “This new facility will be a real draw for Linn State to continue bringing in the right student for our program and others in this building,” said Oberhelman.
Oberhelman stated the transportation industry is a growth industry and Caterpillar, as well as other transportation industries, needs LSTC. “Linn State is absolutely critical for us to remain competitive.”
In addition to Oberhelman’s address, guests heard from LSTC President Dr. Donald Claycomb, LSTC Board of Regent President John A. Klebba, Senator Frank Barnitz and Representative Tom Loehner.
The grand opening of the 84,000 square foot facility is a realization of a long-held dream for LSTC. The event marked the culmination of several years of planning by college administration, faculty and staff and LSTC stakeholders.
“The building far exceeds my expectations,” commented Claycomb. “It places technical education on a level of stature that technical education deserves.”
“While buildings alone do not make a school, they can certainly enhance the attainment of the school’s mission,” said Klebba. “This facility is an example of a state-of-the-art facility that will allow LSTC instructors to maximize the learning experience of their students.”
The grand opening concluded with the unveiling of the dedication plaque in the grand lobby of the building and a ribbon cutting outside the glass entrance of the facility. Prior to and following the ceremony, guests had the opportunity to tour the facility.
With more than 35 programs, Linn State Technical College is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission. LSTC has campuses in Linn, Mexico and Jefferson City. LSTC prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning.
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