The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation donated $1 million to the new Lewis-Clark State College Schweitzer Career & Technical Education Center.

The donation will be used to help cover costs for the 86,000-square-foot facility, located in the Lewiston Orchards. The Schweitzer CTE Center is scheduled to open for the 2021 spring semester in January.

The Schweitzer CTE Center will serve the needs of students from LC State, neighboring Lewiston High School, and others throughout the region. Construction on the site began in the spring of 2019.

The facility will house most of the college’s Technical & Industrial Division programs including auto mechanics technology, CNC machining technology, information technology, engineering technology, industrial electronics technology, industrial maintenance and millwright technology, and heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC-R) technology.

In 2017, the Idaho Legislature approved the CTE building project and appropriated $10 million with the requirement that LC State match the funds. In 2020, the Legislature, through the Permanent Building Fund, appropriated another $2.5 million after construction bids came in higher than anticipated.

In all, donations like this one from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation have helped generate just under $7.5 million towards the CTE center. For more information contact the LC State Foundation Office at 208-792-2458.

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