Bucks County Community College will have a brand new facility next to its current Lower Bucks Epstein Campus opening in 2021, College President Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt announced at a press conference Wednesday.
The building, called the “Bucks County Center for Economic & Workforce Development,” will be two stories tall and take up the five acres of what is currently grass next to the current Epstein building. It is designed to help students enrolled in the metal works and industrial maintenance training programs at the college receive hands on education.
“These programs require specialized spaces with large equipment. You cannot put a welding machine or a CNC machine into a classroom,” Shanblatt explained. “Often times the students for these programs come to us through our local career link, and go to work for our local businesses. They stay here.”
The new facility will address the needs of local business and job seekers. It will consolidate the college’s Center for Workforce Development, Bucks County Career Link, the Workforce Development Board, and the County of Bucks Economic Development offices all under one roof.
“This shared vision of a true partnership both within the physical space and through long term commitments becomes a reality today,” Shanblatt said.
Bucks County Commissioners Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia and Rob Loughery attended the announcement and spoke on the hard work put into making this plan a reality.
“The seeds of this were planted many years ago,” Loughery said. “We stand here before you today to say ‘We love it when a plan comes together.’ I think it’s important to note where we are here, the big lot that’s out front, the Board of Trustees planned for at one time.”
Also at the event were chair of the Bucks County Workforce Development Board Dennis Jones and chair of the Bucks County Industrial Development Authority Mary Smithson.