Learning labs will give students science, manufacturing skills

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Jackson County Learning Center is adding two labs to meet the needs of employers and increase postsecondary educational opportunities for residents.

The $600,000 project is not adding new square footage to the building but will transform existing space into state-of-the-art facilities for the study of manufacturing and science.

Currently, students looking to further their education in those fields or workers needing additional training or certification must take courses online or at facilities elsewhere, such as Columbus and North Vernon.

Amy Heideman, director of the learning center, said the labs always have been a goal and were included in the original blueprints when the facility was built in 2010.

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