LBCC Industrial Technology Center will offer welding and other trades programs

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Long Beach City College officially opened the doors to the new Industrial Technology Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday. The new facility provides a state of the art training center for the Welding Program and will house other trades programs in coming months.

The ceremonies included remarks from LBCCD Board President Mark Bowen, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, and LBCC students and program representatives.

“I want to thank the members of the Board of Trustees and Long Beach City College for building this facility and for all you do to train people for careers,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. “I got my start in the trades and know how important this sort of training is. The City of Long Beach is working to make sure we provide places where you can use the skills you’re leaning here.”

“The new Industrial Technology Center will provide our students with state of the art classrooms and technology,” said Long Beach City College Dean of Trades Dr. Greg Shultz. “Our faculty and students will now have access to the latest equipment to teach and learn welding and other the other trades.”

Located on the north end of the Pacific Coast Campus near 20th Street and Walnut Avenue, the Industrial Technology Center was built with funds from the 2002 Measure E local bond and cost approximately $8.8 million to construct. It is the latest facility to be constructed at PCC which joins the recently constructed Library and Learning Resource Center, the Aviation and Automotive Center and the Child Development Center. A complete modernization program for the Long Beach City College main academic and administrative building will begin this summer.

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