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COVER: A long-planned expansion of a regional vocational training center is going vertical on New Braunfels’ eastern edge. PHOTO via NEW BRAUNFELS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP.


NEW BRAUNFELS — Construction began late last month on a major expansion of the Central Texas Technology Center, a project funded largely through general obligation bonds sold by the municipal government. The expansion will more than double the size of the current facility, from about 25,000 square feet to 55,000 square feet.

New-Braunfels-News-p1B-250pxOperated by the Alamo Community College district since 2004, CTTC provides vocational training for industries in Comal and Guadalupe counties. Students from the New Braunfels, Comal, Seguin, Navarro and Marion school districts also enroll for dual credit courses.

An enlarged CTCC will offer associate’s degrees for the first time with additional instructional space, chemistry and biology laboratories and student support areas. CTTC is located at 2189 FM 758 adjacent to New Braunfels Regional Airport.

In 2013, New Braunfels voters agreed to borrow $4 million to contribute toward the $6.3 million expansion. The New Braunfels Industrial Development Board put up $320,000 and the Seguin Economic Development Corp. allocated $600,000. Last year, the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded $1.25 million in grant money to the regional partners.

The expansion was designed by San Antonio-based RVK Architects and is being built by Fort Worth-based Byrne Construction Services. Officials expect the addition to be complete in time for the 2016 call semester.


COVER: The Elliot Knox bridge over the Guadalupe River in San Marcos. PHOTO via FLICKR. SAN MARCOS MERCURY GRAPHIC by BRAD ROLLINS.

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