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Groundbreaking Held for Alliance WNCC Powerline Indoor Facility

June 14, 2018
Western Nebraska Community College broke ground on its new Powerline and Construction Maintenance Technology indoor facility Thursday in Alliance. From left: Dr. Charlie Gregory, WNCC dean of instruction and workforce development; Richard Stickney, Western Community College Area Board of Governors vice chair; Dr. Todd Holcomb, WNCC president; Ed Salazar, Powerline & Construction Maintenance Technology instructor; Jennifer Reisig, WNCC Foundation executive director; Bo Holthus, Powerline & Construction Maintenance Technology assistant; Paul Grosz, WNCC advisory board member; and Robyn Iossi, WNCC Alliance campus director.
 
 
ALLIANCE, Neb. <June 14, 2018> -- To most people, the initial construction of the indoor Powerline and Construction Maintenance Technology facility looks like holes in the ground.
To Ed Salazar, Western Nebraska Community College's Powerline and Construction Maintenance instructor, those holes look like a game changer for his program.

"I know what this is going to look like, so just seeing these holes in the ground is very, very exciting," Salazar said.

Construction is now underway on the indoor facility that will allow WNCC Powerline and Construction Maintenance Technology students to train indoors during inclement weather. The projected is expected to be completed by Labor Day.

"WNCC is very excited about investing in the powerline and construction industry and to be working with our partners to create an environment and quality school that will increase the effectiveness in the industry here in the region," said WNCC President Dr. Todd Holcomb.

The addition of an indoor facility, which will include 50-foot tall ceilings and dirt flooring to accommodate powerline poles, not only provides the program more instructional consistency, but also will be key in the program's recruitment efforts, Salazar said.

"Having an indoor training facility sets us apart," Salazar said. "It puts us up there with the elite. With this, we can keep guys closer to home from this area, which is the vision of the people who started this program."

Funds for the project, which has a budget of $800,000, were raised during the WNCC Foundation's comprehensive campaign WNCC Works: Expanding the Possibilities. The campaign focused on addressing areas of need within the community, specifically industries with a retiring workforce.

"It's always exciting to see projects like the indoor facility break ground, which doesn't happen without local partnerships," said WNCC Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Reisig. "The addition of an indoor facility will be a huge benefit to the students within the Powerline & Construction Maintenance Technology program, and in turn, the communities in our region."

To apply, or for more information on WNCC's Powerline and Construction Maintenance Technology program, contact the admissions office at 308.635.6010 or by email at admissions@wncc.edu.