Arkansas Northeastern College's new Center for Allied Technologies will officially open its doors at its Grand Opening on Friday, August 17, 2018, just in time for the start of classes for the Fall Semester. A public open house is scheduled from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the new facility.
Construction on ANC’s Center for Allied Technologies began in April 2017, and the 90,000 square foot center will be opened Friday. This new center will actually decrease the College’s overall facilities by 30,000 square feet by consolidating the Burdette Center, Harry L. Crisp Center, and the ACME Center—with an estimated costs savings for the College of approximately $100,000 a year in maintenance. The Center for Allied Technologies features the headquarters for the College’s customized training force—The Solutions Group, including general purpose classrooms, electrical classroom & lab, mechanical classroom/lab, safety classroom/lab, HVACR classroom & lab, computer classroom, and large multi-purpose room. Additionally, a world-class welding laboratory will be available for students. ANC Technical Center students from area high schools will also be served on the ANC Main Campus by classroom & lab facilities for Aviation Technologies, Construction, Criminal Justice, Industrial Technologies, Medical Professions, and Welding. The design incorporates a computer lab specifically for the ANC Technical Center.
Also featured is an aviation complex, combination non-destructive testing (NDT) & composites laboratory, and general purpose classrooms to fully accommodate ANC’s Federal Aviation Administration— certified Aviation Maintenance Program. Other related facilities include an aircraft apron, paint booth, tool room and compass rose.
The building design features a two-story-height aviation room, welding laboratory, and glass entrance tower to add to the building’s distinctiveness and appeal.
The Center is home to the newly created Arkansas Steel Academy (a partnership with the SMSgroup of Germany) and is scheduled to begin operations in 2019. By partnering with SMS, the Arkansas Northeastern College has become a satellite training hub for North America as a cost effective way to gain knowledge of cutting edge techniques in steelmaking and processing. The agreement between ANC and SMS group will allow companies to save the costs of overseas travel by providing a North American option for the renowned TECademy training.
The ANC Center for Allied Technologies impressively mixes hi-tech and industrial components into an educational delivery mode. The cost to complete this facility was approximately $14,400,000 including architectural and engineering fees. The new Center is supported by $1,805,000 of private donations. Three distinctive features at the main entrance are a 52-foot vestibule tower, an entrance garden honoring the late John Correnti, and an international flag court featuring national flags representing over two dozen corporate and private donors supporting the construction costs of the Center, including Japan, Argentina, Germany, Canada, and, of course, the United States of America.