Enterprise, Al. (WTVY) - Enterprise State Community College leaders unveiled improvements, including new programs and facilities, at a luncheon on Monday.
ESCC President Matt Rodgers says it will help recruit, retain, and develop students for an emerging workforce.
"It was needed, and as a student I know it was needed," said ESCC Elijah Moultry.
"It’s very modern," said ESCC student Faith Alderman.
The two students are hoping to jumpstart their careers at ESCC.
"Jobs are always increasing. There's going to be more and more. Enterprise is one of the cities that are branching out and is building more,” said Moultry.
The school is also modernizing every single building on both campuses.
Forrester Hall is under construction, but by the fall it will have a new black box theater with 100 seats. It will also be available for community use. They are also working on a new performance hall, student success center, and upgraded classrooms.
"Our facilities need to match what industries have," said Ian Campbell, Workforce Development Director.
The new mechatronics program will soon have its own building on the Ozark campus. The program is built solely as a response to industry needs in the Wiregrass. According to college officials, over 1,000 manufacturing jobs will be available.
"If you want a skilled and trained workforce you have to have the educational institutions to support that," said Rodgers.
Leaders say there has been a 5 percent increase in enrollment. Medical assisting student, Faith Alderman is most excited about brand new labs.
"Physically be able to do things that I will be doing in the work field, so that's pretty cool," said Alderman.
The next construction project is the quad and Sessions Hall.
As another benefit for students, the school offers tutoring services for free.