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. Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories donated $2 million to the project, while SEL founder Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, and his wife Beatriz donated another $1 million as did the J.A. and Kathyrn Albertson Family Foundation. In all, donations have helped generate just under $7.5 million towards the CTE center. For a complete list of donors visit www.lcsc.edu/giving/career-technical-building.
After breaking ground on April 19, 2019, the Schweitzer CTE Center will open in time for spring semester, beginning on Jan. 19, 2021. The 86,000-square-foot facility is expected to serve the needs of students from LC State, neighboring Lewiston High School, and others throughout the region. 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.
To make a donation, to learn more about naming opportunities, or to become an individual or corporate sponsor for the Schweitzer CTE Center visit www.lcsc.edu/giving, or call the LC State Foundation Office at 208-792-2458.
The Schweitzer Career & Technical Education Center is named after Dr. Ed & Beatriz Schweitzer who in partnership with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories made a $3M contribution towards the Center. The center covers 86,169 square feet and will hold seven of the college’s 10 CTE programs and will allow all 10 to double their student capacity, an important factor because most LC State CTE programs have a waiting list to get in.
The funding for this project was a team effort. Funds were provided by a combination from the Idaho Legislature, the Idaho Permanent Building Fund, grants, individual and corporate donations, and college reserves.
When LC State started this project, it had two major goals in mind. First, it wanted to align all of its CTE programs with Lewiston High School. This partnership would strengthen the CTE pathway and college go-on rate. The second was to meet area industry workforce needs by increasing capacity, retention, and graduation in CTE programs.
This bridge at the center’s entrance represents the connection with the neighboring DeAtley CTE Center at Lewiston High. The design of the bridge is to resemble the bridges in the region.
Along with a donor wall, the lobby area features donated wood from Idaho Forest Group, which is used for the ceiling accents and vertical wall slats. This allows the college to incorporate Idaho lumber into the design and is symbolic of the community support for this center. The total cost for the building at around $27 million includes all aspects of the design, construction and infrastructure.
Beyond the reception area are offices that will include shared office spaces for all student services. This will bring the student support services of the college to this location so students do not have to travel to the main campus for help with financial aid, counseling, and other services.
Many of the classrooms and lab spaces have a glass wall or viewing area. This is an intentional design element. Current students can see how certain equipment operates in their field of study, while prospective students and community members can see the hands-on instruction and learning spaces provided. These classrooms will hold a variety of general core (English and Math) and CTE classes.
As one of the college’s community partners, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories is providing a faculty member who will teach and help develop curriculum in industrial electronics. Students can see the building’s circuit boards, both large and small, to help them understand how they work, and to be used for testing.
LC State includes several options with its engineering technology program, including general engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and geographic information systems engineering. The program combines laboratory experience with technical education courses.
The IT area features cable trays running throughout the labs. In a normal building these trays are typically behind walls or a drop ceiling. The trays are exposed so the students can learn how and work on running cables to the server. Cybersecurity will be on area of focus in this space and students will study the latest trends in hacking a system and how to prevent it. Next to the IT spaces sits the Digital Warrior Help Desk, where students will gain real-world experience supporting the IT needs of faculty, staff and students.
This conference room, which boasts a great view of the valley, is set up to be able to host advisory board meetings and contains various conferencing equipment. It also is designed for community use.
Izzy's Café has a full kitchen prep area and a lounge furnished with tables, chairs and another great view. LC State partners with Sodexo on food services in the Student Union Building and will also partner with Sodexo here at the Center so students and staff can remain here for lunch. There may be hot food some days, pick up and go food, and food vending machines as well.
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) is a manufacturing process where computers control how machines will manufacture parts. The large CNC room will be for the first-year students learning on one set of equipment; the smaller CNC lab room will be for second-year students with more advanced manufacturing equipment. Regional manufactures utilize this skill, including the jet boat industry and CCI/Speer.
The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) area also is a living textbook area. Much of the Center’s ductwork is exposed, which allows students access to see the HVAC working parts.
There are 18 bays in the auto shop, more than double from the current lab. Half of the spaces are larger to allow larger vehicle, a feature requested by various technical advisory committee members.
The DynoLab is in the rear of the Auto shop. It provides added safety features to include an enclosed space, an enclosed control room, safety barrier/perimeter to prevent the vehicle from sliding off the machinery, a separate entrance, and an area to analyze a motor and read diagnostics. The space includes a vehicle lift and area for instruction. In many of these spaces you will see piping for compressed air supply for air tools.