Progress Made on New Workforce Building at Wor-Wic
April 30, 2007

April marks the one-year anniversary of Wor-Wic Community College breaking ground on its newest building project – the Workforce Development Center (WDC).

Since the $15 million project began, steady progress has been made on exterior and interior construction of the 48,000 square foot building. With about 75 percent of the building complete and warmer weather in store, the building is expected to be open for the upcoming fall semester.

Anyone interested can go to the college Web site at www.worwic.edu/About/ConstructionProjects.aspx to see a streaming video of the progress. The current construction stage includes the installation of metal roofing and brickwork on the exterior, as well as framing, electrical and security wiring, sprinkler lines, ductwork and drywall on the interior.

Special design elements such as large, south-facing, storefront windows and a glass-front conference room, resource center and student lounge area were included to bring an open, airy feel to the building.

The WDC will bring changes and advantages to the college campus. Among the advantages will be a specially-designed lecture room, which can be expanded to offer training to as many as 75 people at the same time, or divided into three separate rooms to hold three varied but simultaneous classes of 25 people in each.

New computer laboratories, suitable for demonstrating and training in the latest software, will be available. Technology-enhanced classrooms, also called smart classrooms, will create new opportunities in teaching and learning by integrating networking, digital and audio-visual technologies.

A kitchen and dining room dedicated to hotel-motel-restaurant management (HMR) training will enable the HMR program, which is currently operating out of the college’s Berlin-Ocean City Instructional Center in Berlin, to relocate to the new on-campus facility. Coinciding with the move will be the introduction of a new associate degree program option in culinary arts.

The continuing education and workforce development division, as well as the credit business department, will relocate from the college’s Academic and Administrative Building to the WDC.

WORKFORCE BUILDING. Progress is being made on the new Workforce Development Center at Wor-Wic Community College. April marks the one-year anniversary of the college breaking ground on its newest building project. Anyone interested can go to the college Web site at www.worwic.edu/About/ConstructionProjects.aspx to see a streaming video of the progress.