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Virginia Western opens new STEM Building on campus

Virginia Western Community College students will teach robots how to lend an extra hand on an assembly line.

They’ll study erosion and bridge building with a 24-foot water flume in the “Imagination Lab.”

In the health science lab, they’ll examine cellular proteins with a high powered fluorescence microscope.

Virginia Western’s $37 million STEM Building opens to students Monday, the college’s first day of classes for the fall semester. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

College President Robert Sandel said the facility is the result of many years of hard work and forethought.

“We expect it to be a destination for students and industry partners who are interested in getting ahead in the region’s growing, STEM-focused economy. It is designed to adapt to our community’s needs and we are so thrilled to show it off,” Sandel said.

Construction on the 72,000-square-foot STEM Building started in 2017 and followed other major projects on campus over the past 10 years. The college opened the Fralin Center for Science and Health Professions in 2013 and renovated the student life center a year later.

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