LEWISTON, Idaho – Lewis-Clark State College has received a $25,000 donation toward the new Schweitzer Career & Technical Education Center from the 2kidsfromLewiston Fund, Erika Allen, LC State Director of College Advancement and Foundation Executive Director, has announced.
The donation was made to offset construction costs for the new facility located in the Lewiston Orchards. The $27 million, 86,000-square foot center will serve the needs of both students and industry when it officially opens on Jan. 19 for the 2021 spring semester.
The center will be the new home for seven Technical and Industrial programs, including auto mechanics technology, CNC machining technology, information technology, engineering technology, industrial electronics technology, industrial maintenance and millwright technology, and heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC-R) technology.
In 2017, the Idaho Legislature approved the CTE building project and appropriated $10 million with the requirement that LC State match the funds. In 2020, the Legislature, through the Permanent Building Fund, appropriated another $2.5 million after construction bids came in higher than anticipated. Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories donated $2 million to the project, while SEL founder Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, and his wife Beatriz donated another $1 million as did the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation. In all, donations have helped generate just over $7.6 million towards the CTE center. Construction on the Schweitzer CTE Center began on April 19, 2019.
The college held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the center’s completion on Oct. 23.
To make a donation, to learn more about naming opportunities, or to become an individual or corporate sponsor for the Schweitzer CTE Center visit www.lcsc.edu/giving, or call the LC State Foundation Office at 208-792-2458.