Community College seeks to match students, jobs

DECATUR — Richland Community College will soon begin a multimillion construction project that aims to match job market needs with students' skills.

The (Decatur) Herald-Review reports the $16 million capital project will start Tuesday.

The plan includes a new 45,000-square foot building that will house technical programs, including for auto technology, diesel technology and building trades.

Doug Brauer is the community college's vice president of economic development and innovative workforce solutions. He says the new facilities will allow the school to offer programs that will better prepare students for current openings in the job market.

Josh Albert is an auto tech student from Decatur. He says the school's auto lab will be able to fit more cars after the expansion, which should allow him to learn additional skills.