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Black Hawk East Groundbreaking Ceremony


Black Hawk College hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on yet another snowy afternoon Wednesday for their new Welding and Skilled Trades Center.

The 15,000 square foot facility will be located next to the college’s Community Education Center located at 404 East Third street in Kewanee.

The one story building will have a total of three labs including a virtual welding lab, along with two other labs and office space.

Black Hawk College Vice President Chanda Dowell welcomed the crowd and referenced the college’s continuing adaptability as a key to success.

College President Dr. Thom Baynum talked about the great community partnership with a vision for the future.

Dave Emerick Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees said it was not only a very special event, but a special project for the College.

Mayor Bruce Tossell said the city of Kewanee was honored to be a part of the project and happy to donate the land for the new facility.

Mark Washburn of Kewanee is the Head Welding Instructor at the College and he talked about his excitement for the new Center. He also said students will end up with everything they need to get started in a welding or welding related career…


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Construction is set to begin sometime later this month, should it ever stop snowing.

The project should be completed by late autumn this year.

The new facility comes with an approximate price tag of $4 million and will be paid for with 2012 bond funds.   



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