The leadership of TSTC North Texas Extension Center and Red Oak Independent School District invite the community to join them in breaking ground on the new Industrial Technology Center, a $10 million, 102,000 sq. ft. technical education facility. The groundbreaking will occur at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 24, just behind Red Oak High School.
On Oct. 16, 2013, The TSTC Foundation agreed to fund the construction of this first building of the expansive TSTC North Texas campus on the property deeded from Red Oak ISD in Ellis County and entered into a lease arrangement with TSTC. Soon after, the Red Oak ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve the deeding of 29.5 acres of land to Texas State Technical College to construct the Industrial Technology Center.
“The Industrial Technology Center is on schedule to be available for classes in Fall 2014,” said Ray Fried, Associate Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services for TSTC. The building will include labs and classrooms for high voltage electrical systems, welding, diesel, and machining career training. The design engineer is Corgan Associates Inc. of Dallas. Bartlette Cocke, also of Dallas, is serving as contractor for the building project.
With the urging of Ellis County citizens and the leadership of State Rep. Jim Pitts, and Sen. Brian Birdwell, who paved the way for the legislative creation of a TSTC extension center in Ellis County, TSTC began offering dual credit technical education to Red Oak High School students in Fall 2013. TSTC North Texas will reveal a comprehensive dual credit program later this month to area superintendents, high school principals and counselors.
College classes began on Jan. 13 in the Red Oak Junior High Career and Technical Education building, preparing students for careers in computer systems and network administration, computer systems desktop support, computer systems cyber security, and computer aided drafting.
By summer 2014, additional training will prepare students for careers in HVAC, welding theory, and industrial maintenance.
“We have charged forward serving first students from Red Oak ISD, then all area ISDs,” said Jim Rowland, Colonel (ret.), USAF, TSTC North Texas Provost. “In the fall, when we occupy the new building, TSTC will be prepared to serve anyone looking to advance his or her career opportunities.”