With snow flying, Black Hawk College hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday for a new Welding and Skilled Trades Center in downtown Kewanee, Ill.

The city of Kewanee donated the land to the college. The 15,000-square-foot facility will be located next to the college’s Community Education Center, 404 E. 3rd St. The welding program currently is located at the East Campus, five miles south of Kewanee.

“Over the past several years, our welding enrollments have grown substantially, and we basically have completely outgrown our current facility,” said Chanda Dowell, vice president for East Campus.

The new one-story building will have three labs, including a virtual welding lab as well as two classrooms and office space. Construction will begin later this month. Anticipated completion is December.

The $4 million project will be paid for with 2012 bond funds.

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