Ogeechee Tech gets new Industrial Technology building

Ogeechee Tech gets new building

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - Technical education is getting a little more “high-tech” in Statesboro.

Ogeechee Technical College officially opened a state-of-the art building filled with laboratories Thursday afternoon.

Students in robotics can now learn how to operate and even fix robots of the future.

If you walk inside the Industrial Technology building, you’ll see some of the latest model robots - the kinds students would likely use in the work world. School leaders say the new building gives them lab space to get students ready.

“When all’s said and done, our students will be able to sit for four national certifications in robotics,” said Lori Durden, President, Ogeechee Tech.

The school broke ground in December of 2017. It comes at a cost of of $11 million to build and equip. They’re working with the robot manufacturer for them to send employees to school at Ogeechee Tech as well as students who are looking to enter the emerging field.

“As you see more and more companies go to robotics on the plant floor, the folks who keep the robots working will be very important to these companies,” Durden said.

The building also includes the school’s receiving warehouse, which will double as a training lab for students in Ogeechee Tech’s logistics program. They also rearranged some programs and brought a couple of existing labs into the building to free up space on campus.

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