Earlier today, the Vincennes University Jasper Campus dedicated its new Center for Technology, Innovation, and Manufacturing.

VUJC Dean Dr. Alan Johnson says the building fills a void in the VUJC curriculum:

The new building dedication included a ribbon cutting ceremony, and a key presentation to the Board of Trustees courtesy of VU Vice President for Financial Services and Government Relations Phillip S. Rath. Other notable attendees at the event included Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, Huntingburg mayor Denny Spinner, Jasper mayor Terry Seitz, and various other city and county officials.

The 57,000 square foot center will feature six large lab areas, one lecture hall, classrooms, computer labs, and offices. Ray Niehaus, a former Project Lead the Way instructor for Forest Park High School, will serve as the center’s new programming director.

The center was built at a cost of $12 million, $8 million of which came from state funding.

The grand opening celebration continues throughout the rest of the week with educational events for younger students, a mobile app programming session on Friday for high school students, and a family open house on Saturday.