Skilled Trades Facility
Gogebic Community College (GCC) held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, August 9, 2019 at the new Skilled Trades Facility on Midland Avenue in Ironwood. This new facility will help to improve and increase the skilled trades offerings in this region.
To kick off the project, GCC engaged the services of U.P. Engineers and Architects (UPEA) to design and bid out the remodel of this building. In June, the Board of Trustees approved and awarded the construction bid for the renovation of this facility to Nasi Construction of Hurley, WI. The grant funds for the remodel were secured through the State of Michigan thanks to the efforts of Former State Senator, Tom Casperson. The GCC Foundation also contributed to the purchase of the building along with the college receiving a grant from the American Welding Society. “With this new facility, we will strengthen our partnerships with our regional businesses and industry through increased training,” said Dr. George McNulty, GCC President.
The GCC Welding lab will be housed in this new facility when the building opens in January of 2020. "When this welding shop is done, it will be the most technologically advanced training facility in the Upper Midwest," said Erik Guenard, Vice President of Business Services.
"I think it's going to be nothing short of an amazing experience for students and workforce students coming into the building to receive training for their future or current position," said GCC Welding Instructor, Gary Gouin.
On average, about half of the GCC students study in the occupational fields, and the building of this facility helps the college continue to focus on workforce development. "We'll house our new workforce development director in this building, and we're going to continue to put skilled trades training programs in this building for it to be a hub for all skilled trades training at Gogebic Community College," said Guenard.
The construction crews are still hard at work finishing classrooms and work areas inside the facility. The completion date is set for December 31, 2019. The plan is for the facility to open its doors to students in January of 2020.
Gogebic Community College breaks ground on the new Skilled Trades Facility on Midland Avenue in Ironwood on Friday, August 9. Pictured from L-R: Bill Malloy, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Charlene Newhouse, Foundation President, Tom Casperson, Former State Senator, Erik Guenard, Vice President of Business Services, Dr. George McNulty, GCC President, Ed McBroom, State Senator, Jeanne Graham, Vice President of Student Services, Gary Gouin, GCC Welding Instructor and Dale Lange, American Welding Society District 12 Director.