INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE NEWS
WORK BEGINS ON IRSC COMPLEX THAT WILL TRAIN
STUDENTS FOR SPECIALIZED TECHNICAL CAREERS
“THE RESURGENCE AND RESHORING OF MANUFACTURING
ACROSS OUR NATION IS ACCELERATING, AND THE ADVANCED
WORKFORCE TRAINING COMPLEX WILL MAKE SURE THAT
OUR REGION HAS THE HIGHLY SKILLED LABOR TO MEET
CURRENT AND FUTURE NEEDS.”
— Dr. Timothy Moore, IRSC president
The local legislative delegation and members of IRSC administration, from left, Rep. Dana Trabulsy, Rep.
Toby Overdorf, Sen. Gayle Harrell, IRSC board of trustee Sandra Krischke, former IRSC president Dr. Ed
Massey, Proctor Construction Co. CEO Don Proctor, Ken Pruitt, Rep. John Snyder and IRSC President Dr.
Timothy Moore, attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Advanced Workforce Training Complex.
The groundbreaking for Phase 1 of
Indian River State College’s newest building
— the Advanced Workforce Training
Complex — occurred Dec. 4 with educators,
employers, students, residents and
legislators in attendance. The purposebuilt
facility will link advanced technology
and leading-edge industry training
in specialized technical career fields such
as advanced manufacturing; automotive,
aviation and marine technology; welding;
heating, ventilation and air conditioning
systems; and more.
The 50,000-square-foot complex will
be located on the southeast side of the
college’s Massey Campus in Fort Pierce,
uniquely situated across from the Kight
Center for Emerging Technology and the
Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Together these buildings
complete a campus triangle of advanced
learning environments critical for closing
the regional skills gap and preparing residents
for high-wage, in-demand careers.
“The resurgence and reshoring of
manufacturing across our nation is accelerating,
and the Advanced Workforce
Training Complex will make sure that our
region has the highly skilled labor to meet
current and future needs,” IRSC president,
Dr. Timothy Moore, said. “We can realize
tremendous economic growth in manufacturing
and the industrial trade fields,
but we first need to grow the pipeline of
talent. IRSC’s newest complex will get the
Previously known as the Treasure Coast
Advanced Manufacturing Center, the more
aptly named Advanced Workforce Training
Complex is expected to go online by
spring 2022. The building was designed by
Florida Architects and Proctor Construction
Co. is construction manager.
“Proctor Construction Co. is proud and
grateful to partner with Indian River State
College on this exciting project,” Proctor
CEO and chairman, Donald Proctor, said.
“In our industry, we know firsthand how
important it is to give people the opportunity
to learn trades. Our industry is in
serious need of educated tradesman. We
have done many fine projects for IRSC, but
we are especially looking forward to this
one that will help improve the construction
BY SUZANNE SELDES
The Florida Legislature has awarded
$10.7 million in funding for the project
in three of the past five budget sessions.
Another $2 million was secured through
an Economic Development Administration
grant, presented to the college by former
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in
INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE PHOTOS
The IRSC Foundation has committed
to raising $3 million from individuals and
corporations to provide the advanced
technology equipment needed to train
students for these highly skilled positions.
IRSC will be working with legislative leaders
to secure the remaining $10.6 million
to construct Phase 2 of the complex. v