Blackhawk Technical College Growing in Green County
April 25, 2019
Blackhawk Technical College held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, April 24 at the BTC-Monroe Campus to celebrate the construction of a 3,200 sq. ft. lab facility for its Agribusiness degree program. BTC has chosen Keller, Inc as the construction management team on the project. The $650,000 project will provide a new home for the program that will give students the space and opportunity to have important hands-on training regardless of weather conditions.
The event and project are the culmination of years of work to rebuild and expand the agricultural program at BTC. District Board Member and BTC Agribusiness Advisory Committee Member, Mark Mayer, shared, “This has been in the works for about eight years and we want to thank instructor, Dusty Williams, who has had to rebuild the program from scratch. This is just another step in the growth process of the program and BTC in Monroe.”
“Agriculture is very important to our region and we need to keep training new people to meet our demands. The technology of the industry changes constantly and if we don’t develop new workers, agriculture for the county will suffer. We really welcome this addition to Green County,” Art Carter, Chairman of Green County Supervisors.
“Keller, Inc. is very proud to be the architect and construction manager for this project. Keller is deeply rooted in education and this project is another great example of how we can be a small part in equipping BTC students with a space for practical application in agricultural science,” said Michael Queoff, Keller Construction Management Services Manager/Co-Owner.
In addition to breaking ground, instructor Dusty Williams received a bit of a makeover. When the project was delayed last fall, Williams committed to growing a beard until the project was a reality. After ground was broken, so-to-speak, Williams received a shave from program graduate, Mike Raab, and adjunct agribusiness faculty, Ben Huber. A complete video of the event can be found at facebook.com/blackhawktech.
Dr. Tracy Pierner, BTC President concluded, “We are very excited to grow our partnerships in Monroe and the greater Green County area. This building is just one step in supporting our growth in Green County.”