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Weber State University hosted a grand opening for its new Center for Continuing Education May 24. A flag ceremony and ribbon-cutting began at 4:30 p.m., followed by a Davis Chamber of Commerce business after-hours event from 5-7 p.m.
The facility, located at 775 S. University Park Blvd. in Clearfield, Utah, houses professional development and the law enforcement academy, also called the police academy.
“The facility looked pretty good initially, but the previous tenant had it broken up into a lot of small classrooms,” said Bruce Davis, vice provost and dean of Continuing Education. “We made some investments to bring the new building up to Weber State’s standards.”
Previously, professional development and law enforcement academy courses were taught at WSU’s Training & Learning Center in Layton, Utah. The newly renovated space is better equipped to meet the specific needs of those programs, with amenities such as a defensive tactics room and locker room for the law enforcement academy.
“The new building has a high-speed, hard-wired, broadband connection into the WSU Davis campus, along with a robust wireless network in the facility itself, so we have tremendous technology infrastructure, which we didn’t have before,” said Brian Stecklein, associate dean of Continuing Education. “We couldn’t use the computer lab effectively in the previous building because we just didn’t have enough bandwidth.”
The facility also offers a 40-person computer lab, where computer monitors can retract into desks for a traditional classroom experience.
“All the rooms are technology enhanced, so instructors have access to a document reader and audio/visual equipment,” Stecklein said. “The facility also includes a classroom with interactive videoconferencing capabilities. If you only have a handful of students, ordinarily that wouldn’t be enough to offer a course, but with videoconferencing, small classes are economically viable and easy to instruct.”
The Center for Continuing Education works closely with Hill Air Force Base and local business and industry, particularly aerospace and defense companies, offering their employees professional business training.
“A location directly across the street from Hill Air Force Base is a great advantage,” Davis said. “We’re also close to the Falcon Hill National Aerospace Research Park, which is currently under construction on the west side of the base. Our center increases the convenience for Hill employees and other business professionals who work nearby."
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