Education & Training Center breaks ground on $7M project

From staff reports

The Education & Training Center at Pitt-Titusville (ETC) started a building renovation to transform the current Student Union building into a multifunctional space that will meet the needs of partners, students, as well as economic development entities, according to a news release from the school.

Part of the seating area within the former gymnasium will be home to an art gallery, which will showcase student work through the programs offered by Manchester Bidwell Corp. in Titusville, the release said. In addition, there could be opportunities to showcase work from outside artists.

In the current racquetball court area, a machine workshop will be added for the MAC program, the release said, and will be known as the Peter C. Rossin Manufacturing Center.

Windows will create the wall between the student lounge and the workshop, the release said, making the workshop visible to everyone walking by the space. MAC students will also use a new second-floor classroom that will overlook the workshop.

The newly renovated space will include a makerspace that will be available for all ETC partner students, according to the release. Students will be able to use 3D printers, tools and other types of supplies to create a variety of projects, including learning the additive manufacturing processes.

There will also be an industrial maintenance and workforce development lab on the first floor as part of Northern Pennsylvania Regional College’s offerings at ETC, according to the release. A fitness center and a lounge area are also in the renovation plans.

The project includes funding from the state, the University of Pittsburgh, ETC partners, and support from donors through the capital campaign, the release said. In addition to the $7 million building project, a $3 million HVAC project is already underway in areas that are not part of the larger building renovation.

Completion of the project is projected for spring 2025, the release said.