Bucks County Community College has broken ground on a $9.9 million project. It will entail an entirely new building at the Lower Epstein Campus in Bristol Township.
The coming 28,000-square-foot Center for Advanced Technologies will go up on the large plot of land adjacent to the existing building off I-95.
Shanblatt showcased the project at a Bristol Township Council meeting last February. At the time, she explained there were so many local job openings the college was struggling to fill demand.
Since then, the economy has taken a hit due to the pandemic. However, the purpose of the facility remains the same.
“This new center will allow us to continue to expand our workforce programs and train future generations of skilled workers, the kind of qualified and dedicated employees that Bucks County’s businesses need to stay vital in the 21st century,” said BCCC President Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt.
Manufacturing is one of the top three industries in Bucks County. It accounts for 14 percent of the workforce, or 28,000 jobs.
BCCC says the Center for Advanced Technologies will focus on “metalwork, industrial maintenance, robotics and welding.” It will also host software training for programs like Microsoft Office Technology and Customer Service Specialist.
“We’re igniting a spark,” said Shanblatt, “that will inspire people from all walks of life to pursue the education they need to have a career that is enriching for themselves, their families, and the broader community.”
Fittingly, the new center will also house the Center for Workforce Development. When Shanblatt first announced the building in 2018, its original name was the “Bucks County Center for Economic & Workforce Development.”
In the pandemic, BCCC chose to opt for a virtual groundbreaking ceremony. The seven minute video shows renderings of what the coming structure is planned to look like and goes into greater detail.