Officials celebrated the opening of the Automotive Collision Training Center at the Baton Rouge Community College’s Ardendale site this morning, marking the second phase of training programming at BRCC since the McKay Automotive Training Center opened in March 2017.
Touted as a way to help fill a local shortage of skilled technicians, the $6.5 million collision center broke ground last February. It sits on the same property as the McKay Automotive Training Center, in the Ardendale mixed-use development on a 200-acre tract northeast of BRCC near Florida Boulevard.
At the center, students will train to become vehicle repair and maintenance technicians through specialized classroom instruction and practical shop experience.
The 25,910-square-foot facility features 15,673 square feet of total shop space and three bays equipped with Garmat prep and spray paint booths, an automotive lift, a Car-O-Liner and car straightener. Other features include welding booths for aluminum, general metal and plastic welding as well as two classrooms for vehicles to drive-in for class demonstrations, a computer lab, student commons area and administrative offices.
The Ardendale site is scheduled for continued development, with city-parish officials eyeing a $30 million federal grant that could boost housing and commercial development possibilities for the area.