ST. PAUL, Minn. – Money for a new applied technology center at Century College and an ambitious and innovative community achievement center in White Bear Lake were both included in the Senate’s $1.5 billion Bonding Bill, unveiled this week. Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) has championed the initiatives as critical to providing learning space that foster both the youngest learners in the district as well as college students. He says he’s grateful to see the projects included in the Senate’s Bonding Bill.
“Century College is a huge asset to the east metro and I’m very supportive of their drive to innovate and offer the best lab and instructional space for their students. This $5.5 million project will help attract more students and will provide some of the most advanced training space to give students an edge once they graduate. I’m also pleased to see the White Bear Lake Community Achievement Center get $1 million to begin planning a center that will house programs designed to eliminate the achievement gap. I applaud both project advocates for their leadership and hard work,” said Sen. Wiger.
Century College received $5.5 million to renovate and add new space to create an Engineering and Applied Technology Center that will offer flexible classroom and lab space for STEM programming. The project meets a variety of criteria including long-term space requirements by expanding university partnership and developing new ones, and by addressing workforce needs. The new space will also help promote retention and completion by giving bachelor degree students more access to digital fabrication labs and other applied learning opportunities.
The White Bear Lake Community Achievement Center initially requested $15 million to construct a new building that will provide a holistic, innovative approach to early childhood and family education. The $1 million included in the Bonding Bill will help project advocates move forward with their planning.