Gulf Coast State College welcomed the public for a tour of its new Advanced Technology Center Friday afternoon.
With 93,500 square feet, costing $35 Million, The ATC is grabbing a lot of attention.
"The first reaction is how beautiful the facility is with all the glass and high end equipment. It's just an outstandingly beautiful facility," said Ann Tyree, a former teacher visiting the ATC.
Numerous programs offering a variety of degrees and certificates are housed in the Advanced Technology Center.
Among those are the Culinary and Hospitality Programs.
"9,000 square feet of ovens, stoves, coolers and lots of food," said Mark Swartz, the Culinary Program Operations Manager.
A state-of-the-art kitchen on the first floor gives professors a place to teach students everything from basic cooking skills to creating an eight course fine meal.
"Our area is full of restaurants, full of opportunity, and this gives our students a step into that world," said Swartz.
Also within the facility, students are learning cyber security with a special network. One day, they'll be protecting our privacy online and possibly national security.
"They're actually managing a network just like one they would have in the real world, but if they make a mistake, the good news is nobody gets fired. Nobody gets hurt. No data gets compromised," said Guy Garrett, an assistant professor. "If they make mistakes, they can learn from it. It's about giving them a chance to fail so they can learn how to succeed."
That's exactly what the Advanced Technology Center is all about. It gives students endless opportunities to succeed in our community.
If you'd like to check out the other programs, check out Gulf Coast State College's website.
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