The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded Gillette College a $1 million grant to upgrade technology for some of the college's programs. This is the second time Gillette College has received a grant from the EDA.
Gillette College vice president Janell Oberlander said programs like career and technical education, biology and chemistry will get upgraded lab equipment, including classes that support the college's nursing program.
"The equipment that will go into those labs certainly will help enhance the learning opportunities for those students. And for career and technical education, I believe the equipment is going into our welding and diesel programs," she said.
Oberlander said the upgrades will help students gain more skills to be workforce ready.
"I think not only will it help train the workforce, but I think it will also help recruit students into our programs. It'll help retain those students so we can get them out into industry," she said.
EDA contributed half of the funding with Campbell County and the Gillette College foundation providing a matching sum.