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(Janesville) By Frank Schultz, Gazette

Work could begin next winter on remodeling of Blackhawk Technical College’s new Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Milton.

The BTC Board voted unanimously Thursday night to borrow the money for the first of two phases of remodeling.

The technical college district will issue bonds to borrow about $1.42 million.

Taxpayers in Rock and Green counties will pay off the bonds with interest over 10 years starting in 2014.

The additional tax assessment will be about $1.45 a year on a home valued at $100,000, said Renea Ranguette, BTC vice president for finance and college operations.

BTC officials are working with architects on the bid documents. The project is expected to go out for bid next fall, Ranguette said.

The industrial building at 15 Plumb St. is expected to open its doors to students in August 2014.

The Wisconsin Technical College System Board still must approve the work, Ranguette said.

Phase 1 will create administrative and student services offices and general-education classrooms, Ranguette said.

The 12,650-square-foot project also will include an “enhancement” of the building’s main entrance, a reception area, faculty offices, meeting spaces, a science lab, student-support space that includes a library, a student commons with vending machines and student lockers, according to a district memo.

The first students to attend the school will be in the computer-numerical control, industrial mechanics and welding and fabrication programs, Ranguette said.

Officials hope to open Phase 2 in January 2015, when classes will be added in the automated systems technician, mechanical design, and heating/ventilation/air conditioning programs.

The school is expected to answer the high demand by students and manufacturing-sector employers.


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