Gateway Technical College breaks ground on center to further meet the needs of advanced manufacturing companies in Wisconn Valley such as Foxconn

Industry 4.0, advanced manufacturing training to be housed in the technologically advanced training center

Kenosha, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES


Gateway Technical College, SC Johnson iMET Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd., Sturtevant, Wisconsin, Oct. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The technology and innovative training to be housed at the soon-to-be expanded Gateway Technical College SC Johnson integrated Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd., Sturtevant, Wisconsin will meet the advanced manufacturing training needs of Wisconn Valley employers such as Foxconn, speakers said at the center’s groundbreaking ceremony today, Oct. 22, 2018.

“The important work you do has been a cornerstone in career training for a very long time,” said Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “What is happening here will be truly transformative to our area.”

The nearly 36,000-square-foot expansion will support the growth and needs of Wisconn Valley employers through advanced training in Industry 4.0 careers. 

“There is no better partner than Gateway Technical College,” said Alan Yeung, Foxconn director of US Strategic Initiatives. “Together, we can retrain our existing workforce, we can build our young talent, we can leverage automation and robotics, and we can do this together.”

Economic development and career opportunities are being made possible by the center’s expansion, said Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

“That’s the most exciting thing, that’s the true legacy,” Walker said. “It’s not just a building. The building is great – the innovation, the technology, the Fab Lab, science lab, engineering lab.

“What is most exciting is the students who are here, and will be here in the future. That will be the lasting legacy.”

The expansion will add four new engineering labs, five new computer labs and eight new classrooms.  

“Investment in our SC Johnson iMET Center will strengthen the workforce by providing new opportunities for training in advanced manufacturing and engineering,” said Gateway Technical College President and CEO Bryan Albrecht. “Gateway is a key partner in developing the talent needs of employers to compete in the high-skill advanced manufacturing economy.”

The work will add 35,779 square feet to the center’s current 61,238 square feet.

Some existing areas will be renovated, as well.To meet the needs of advanced manufacturing companies in the region, the project will specifically add 10,000 square feet of space dedicated to training in advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0.In addition, the project will also increase the size of the college’s Fab Lab.

To see photos from the event, please go to: https://flic.kr/s/aHskGHruSK

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Gateway Technical College President and CEO Bryan Albrecht speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for the college's SC Johnson iMET Center in Sturtevant, Wis., on Oct. 22, 2018. Seated, left to right, are: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker; Fisk Johnson, SC Johnson chairman and CEO; Alan Yeung, Foxconn director of US Strategic Initiatives. The center will expand by nearly 36,000 square feet in addition to renovations done to existing space. College, business and government officials break ground on Gateway Technical College's expansion and renovation project to its SC Johnson iMET Center in Sturtevant, Wis., on Oct. 22, 2018.The center will expand by nearly 36,000 square feet in addition to renovations done to existing space. The center will help meet the technologically advanced education and training needs of area advanced manufacturing companies, including Foxconn.

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