BRYAN, Texas —Texas A&M University System officials broke ground Wednesday on the Agriculture and Workforce Education located on the 2,000-acre RELLIS Campus in Bryan, Texas.
“With the development of this complex, we are yet again redefining education at The RELLIS Campus,” said Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp. “This world-class facility will ensure our students are able to get the practical hands-on education they need to be successful upon graduation.”
The 38,000 square-foot complex is a state-of-the-art facility where students will prepare for high-demand careers in secondary education and the construction industries. Expected to be completed in June 2020, the complex is the result of a collaborative efforts of the A&M System, the Texas A&M University Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, and the Blinn College District.
The $15 million facility is the future home of the Texas A&M agricultural science program, which prepares and places agricultural science teachers into high school classrooms across the state of Texas. It will also serve as home to Blinn College’s workforce training offerings, which range from advanced manufacturing, welding, carpentry and HVAC, to the public and electrical trades.
“The Blinn College District is proud to stand alongside The Texas A&M University System, the cities of Bryan and College Station, and all the partners at the RELLIS Campus in celebrating a complex that will bring new innovations and hands-on educational opportunities for students throughout the region,” said Dr. Mary Hensley, Chancellor of the Blinn College District. “Blinn looks forward to training the next generation of workforce leaders at this dynamic new facility.”
The 16,000 square-foot building will include five demonstration and traditional classrooms, incorporating teaching and simulation technology, as well as a seminar room and a computer classroom, faculty offices and space for students to collaborate on projects. The facility also features the 11,000 square-foot Agricultural Trades Pavilion and the 11,000 square-foot Construction Trades pavilion, which will serve as large open laboratory spaces for students to work on full-scale projects using equipment they will utilize in their chosen profession.
Photo Attached: (L) Dr. Tim Murphy, Dr. Patrick Stover, Dr. James Nelson, Vice Chancellor Karen Buck, Chancellor Mary Hensley, Chancellor John Sharp, Dean Jay Anderson, Marty Garza.
About the RELLIS Campus:
Founded in 2016 by The Texas A&M University System, the RELLIS campus in Bryan, Texas, fosters cutting-edge research, technology development, workforce training and two- and four-year college degrees by tapping the System’s state agencies and multiple universities, along with academic, corporate and government partners outside the System.
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