Austin Peay State University will break ground next month for the new Chemical Engineering Technology building.
A groundbreaking will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 10 at the corner of Eighth and College streets across from the Sundquist Science Complex. The public is invited to attend.
Under a $6.4 million grant from the state, APSU will build the new lab facility on campus and work with both the Tennessee Board of Regents and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to offer an associate degree program in chemical engineering technology.
The new facility and degree program culminate from the announcement in December 2008 that Michigan-based Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. (HSC) will build a new production facility in Commerce Park. HSC is a leading manufacturer of products used in the growing solar cell technology industry.
Between 500-800 specialized jobs will be created at the HSC plant, requiring specialized education and training from APSU.