WSCC Technical Center open house


Welding instructor Chris Posey and student Allison Morton. -photo courtesy Wallace State

Welding instructor Chris Posey and student Allison Morton. -photo courtesy Wallace State

On Tuesday, May 4, stop by the Wallace State Community College Oneonta Technical Center for their open house. Everyone is invited to come visit between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. You will have an opportunity to tour the Technical Center for interactive tours of the welding, machine tool technology, and mechatronics programs.

Faculty and staff will be available to discuss these and other programs available through Wallace State, including career and apprenticeship opportunities.

“Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we haven’t had the chance to showcase the expansion of the Technical Center and the addition of the Machine Tool Technology program and even more recently the Mechatronics program to the Technical Center,” said Wes Rakestraw, Wallace State Dean of Applied Technologies and current Director of the Oneonta Center. “We think it’s a great opportunity for everyone to see these two programs along with our expanded welding program and meet the instructors. The Oneonta Technical Center is an engine that can drive economic development forward.”

Machining equipment -photo courtesy Wallace State

Machining equipment -photo courtesy Wallace State

The Oneonta Technical Center has undergone three expansions to meet demand since Wallace State first opened the doors in Oneonta in 2016. The welding program, the first Wallace State applied technologies program in Oneonta, has expanded to 30 booths. In 2019, the Wallace State Academic Center was added to allow the expansion of technical programs and to accommodate additional general studies and academic classes.

“We invite high school students and their parents to come see the facility and the training equipment as well as anyone who’s interested in these high-demand, high-wage fields.”

At the open house, individuals can also learn about admission and financial aid procedures, scholarship and dual enrollment opportunities for high school students, as well as GED, ESL, short term training, and other programs for adult learners.

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Mechatronics equipment -photo courtesy Wallace State

Mechatronics equipment -photo courtesy Wallace State