Communiversity - Jason Throop

Electrical technology instructor Jason Throop sets up equipment in his program's high bay at the Communiversity Wednesday in advance of the first students starting at the facility in August.

At the Communiversity on Highway 82, preparations are underway for the building’s first students this August.

Across the $42 million, 145,638-square-foot facility machinery is being set up, boxes are being unpacked, tools are being tested and other preparations are being made for the first class of students to use the facility.

The facility is a collaboration between East Mississippi Community College and the Golden Triangle Development LINK, and is the new home for most of EMCC’s career technical education programs.

The building also holds space for industries just setting up shop in the Golden Triangle, and a gallery of industrial products made locally, including a Peterbilt truck powered by a PACCAR engine built just east of the Communiversity.

"We’re so ready to have students start in the fall,” said EMCC Dean and Workforce Director Joe Cook. “We hope to fill up classrooms and start the education process.”

Cook said the programs offered at the Communiversity would include precision machining, engineering, drafting and design, electrical technology, systems-based automation, mechatronics and industrial maintenance.

For more on the Communiversity, read Thursday's Starkville Daily News.

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