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Marine and small engine program to get new facility

A remodel of this building, the future Marine and Small Engine Motorcycle Training Center at Alexandria Technical and Community College, will include updated classrooms, an electronic video training area and more. Contributed photo.

The Motorcycle Repair Training Center in the Marine and Small Engine Mechanic program at Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) will soon have a new home on campus.

The building that formerly housed the Masonry program is undergoing a $400,000 remodel, using existing Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system funds.

The remodel includes updated classrooms, an electronic video training area, modernized shops and labs, more workspace and storage, and two dynamometer rooms, according to Bob Defries, dean of the transportation and manufacturing programs at the college.

Defries noted that the building will be expanded to 11,000 square feet and will transition the motorcycle center from dated facilities into a state of the art training complex.

Derrick Kleman, instructor in Marine and Small Engines program, is especially excited about the move: “Our students will enjoy a spacious and safer learning environment with self-contained work areas, lab demonstration areas, and increased opportunity for hands-on learning.

“Our students and industry will see a huge benefit because of the enhanced training opportunities,” Kleman continued. He also noted that the facility will be one of the best in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.

Construction on the project began mid-July and is scheduled to be completed in early October. The program plans to showcase the facility in late October at ATCC’s annual open house scheduled for Sunday, October 26.

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