Grayson College hosted a grand opening of the South Campus Technical Center in Van Alstyne on Jan. 8, an event attended by a capacity crowd of area residents, civic leaders, college personnel and representatives of the professional and trade organizations involved in the construction of the facility.

The new space at the Technical Center will now allow Grayson College not only to expand the current two programs — Welding Technology and Medical Laboratory Technology — but also to add two new programs — Electronic Technology and Occupational Safety and Health.

In his opening remarks, Grayson College President Dr. Jeremy McMillen said, "The addition of this facility has already had a positive impact in our area’s economy. And now that a broader variety of employment training and academic preparation is more accessible for the citizens of our region, the communities will benefit for many years, too."

The official grand opening ribbon was cut by McMillen, followed by ribbon cuttings by three area Chambers of Commerce who joined in the celebration: the Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce, Van Alstyne Chamber of Commerce and Whitewright Chamber of Commerce.

The 18,000-square foot technical center was funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration and Grayson College.