State-of-the-art automotive tech education facility coming soon
Overland Park, Kan.—Construction is ongoing at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) for a new career and technology education center.
The automotive technology portion of the facility will feature new classrooms, labs, storage, and a 17-bay shop. Included in the install will be three Hunter Alignment systems, eight twin post lifts, three flat stalls, and three scissor lifts installed by Quality Automotive Equipment and Service.
The upgrade in facilities will provide a total of 18,639 square feet, which is almost double the capacity of JCCC’s current auto facility. “We are going to be able to provide our students with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to learn from, which is something that the industry desperately needs right now. The shortage of well-qualified and educated technicians is a big concern and we hope to bridge that gap with this new facility,” said Jack Ireland, faculty chair and associate professor of Automotive Technology.
Richard Fort, dean of Industrial Technology, added, “We will have a soft opening for students enrolled in our summer session this June with the intention of working the kinks before the fall 2019 semester kicks off.”
The project was spearheaded by a JCCC alumnus and trustee along with Dr. Joseph M. Sopcich, president of JCCC. This is the first major facilities master plan implemented in the school’s 50-year history.