Blackhawk Tech expands, highlights opportunities for agricultural learning

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MONROE - Blackhawk Technical College has lots to be thankful for as the college prepares for two events celebrating growth in Green County.

Blackhawk Tech will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, to celebrate the construction of a 3,200-square-foot lab facility for its agribusiness degree program.

The $650,000 project provides a new home for the program, giving students space and opportunity to have important hands-on training regardless of weather conditions.

"We are committed to growing our partnerships in Monroe and the greater Green County area," said Blackhawk Technical College President Tracy Pierner. "This building is another step in supporting that growth. The new ag lab provides a flexible learning space to support and serve more students on our Monroe Campus.

"The technology of the agriculture industry is ever-evolving and it is important that we continue to develop the workforce for tomorrow."

The building opened for students earlier this fall.

The college also will host the Ag Preview Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Monroe campus, 210 Fourth Ave.

Students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from agriculture programs at Blackhawk Technical College, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Highland Community College, Eastern Iowa Community College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

"This is a unique opportunity for students to gather information about their post-secondary opportunities in agricultural studies," Pierner said.

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