Iron Range Engineering Building Celebrated

Posted at: 04/24/2013 2:58 PM
Updated at: 04/24/2013 6:24 PM

Iron Range Engineering students have moved into their spacious, two story addition at the Mesabi Range college campus in Virginia.

There is a large lab space where they can work on projects like building cars. New, high tech machinery has also been installed.

In the other areas are project rooms, where teams of students are assigned. They are working on a variety of projects, like air compression for PolyMet.

The students we met said it's so much easier to get their work done, in their new space.

Iron Range Engineering started in 2009. It's project-based, hands on learning that can earn students a four year degree, while attending a two year school.

Former lawmaker Tommy Rukavina was instrumental in getting the new addition funded, through state bonding dollars.

Dr. Sue Collins, president of the Northeast Higher Education District, said they are very grateful for the support of elected officials.

"We've created a page in Iron Range history with this building. We are thrilled," she added.

Last Friday, there was a celebratory ribbon cutting and tours of the facility.