Groundbreaking Ceremony Today
A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for 5:30pm today for the Anspach Advanced Manufacturing School at the Mayland Community College Yancey Learning Center. French Broad Electric Membership Corporation was recently rewarded a $300,000 grant by the USDA Rural Economic Development Program to capitalize a loan fund to help Mayland Community College build an advanced manufacturing school on the college’s Yancey Campus. The grant will allow construction to begin and be completed before all the other funding is received for the project. Anspach Advanced Manufacturing School is named after Dr. William Anspach's father. Dr Anspach, an area resident, made a generous contribution for the establishment of the school. The $2.5 million 12,000 foot square facility to be constructed on the Yancey Campus will offer a degree program in Applied Engineering with skill tracks in CNC programming, machining, robotics, mechatronics and design. The unit will also provide advanced training in welding and basic blacksmithing. The school is expected to be constructed and serving students by the fall of 2014.