MARINETTE — With the construction phase complete, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) opened its doors Tuesday afternoon to the community to showcase its new additions.

“Today (Tuesday) we cut the ribbon with all of the phases being complete,” said Christine Polzin, instructors and campus manager. “We really just completed all of the fourth phase of the building, which would be the core of our building — the science lab, our student involvement space the the rest of the library — last week.”

The remodel and additions were part of the 2015 referendum out of the $66.5 million borrowed.

“A total of $10 million was spent on the Marinette campus,” Polzin said. “It includes approximately a 14,500 square feet addition and around 67,000 square feet of renovated space. Most of the campus was renovated. Everything was redesigned to transform and enhance teaching and learning at the campus. Student engagement spaces have been added, as well as state of the art classrooms and study rooms.”

Because the construction has been a two-year process, we really wanted to do a very community focused, family event, Polzin said.

“Really when I say it’s a two-year process, it’s the building process,” she said. “It was actually much longer with the planning and those types of things.”

Specifically with phase four being completed last week, Polzin said community members were able to see the newest spaces added to the campus.

“The newest that we have not even had open, except last week, is our brand new science lab,” she said. “The science lab allows us to offer chemistry, anatomy and philology courses, as well as microbiology.”

Polzin also pointed out the electrical mechanical program and wellness center was completed in this last phase.

“The wellness center is really a great resource for our students and staff because they can use it,” she said. “It is also going to allow our physical therapy students to offer service learning projects to our community members to come in. These students will help them work on mobility, stretching techniques and those types of things.”

Throughout the tours, Polzin said, community members were able to take part in about 15 hands-on activities throughout the campus, “that are in the different specialized classrooms and in the labs so the community can come in and really see the changes that took place and the new programs and technology that we have.”

NWTC serves 2,000 students annually and offers them full- and part-time degrees and diplomas. in business, information technology, engineering, manufacturing, automotive and public safety. It also gives students the opportunity to obtain certificates and take apprenticeship classes.

“NWTC is really an exciting place to come visit and attend college,” Polzin said. “I’d really like to encourage people to stop in any time. Our welcome center is open and we’re always happy to give any tours and show the community what we have to offer.

“There’s a lot of exceptional programs for students to get enrolled in that lead to high paying jobs, high in demand jobs as well. We just really want to get people in our building to see the new spaces.”