LSC new downtown center opens its doors with unique ribbon cutting

By KBJR News 1

LSC new downtown center opens its doors with unique ribbon cutting

August 20, 2014 Updated Aug 20, 2014 at 1:29 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Lake Superior College (LSC) opened a new downtown Duluth center today by cutting through a metal ribbon.

The metal ribbon was created by LSC machining students. It took a wielding disc grinder to cut through the metal.

The new downtown center will be used for manufacturing training programs, including machine tool, welding and computer-aided design.

The college hopes its investment in the new facility and equipment will train students to fill a growing need for this type of worker.

"When you look at the projections from 2010 to 2020, six of the 10 programs that are considered to be in high demand or high wage are in integrated manufacturing whether it is welding or machine tool,” Dean of Business and Industry, Jenni Swenson, said.

Fall semester welding, machining and CAD technology classes will begin at the new location on Monday. More than one hundred students are expected to enroll.

In addition to instructional labs and classrooms, the new location has a Fabrication Lab, with 3-D printing, which is open to community partners, including area manufacturers and high schools.

Ramona Marozas