Finishing touches applied to BTC's Beloit Center site

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Homer Auge, a roofer with Corp Contractors Inc., a sister company of ABC Supply Co., works on drains at the main entrance of Blackhawk Tech's Beloit campus Wednesday.

Workers are putting the finishing touches on changes to Blackhawk Technical College's Beloit Center and plan to have the latest set of renovations done sometime in early September.

Brad Siegworth, on-site supervisor with Corporate Contractors Inc. of Beloit, said his crew finished the first phase of the project Monday, just in time for classes to begin.

"We are adding a couple more classrooms and changing the front entrance and lobby," he said. "The project has two phases. The first phase just finished up Monday. We had to get the offices ready and they moved in in time for classes to start."

Blackhawk Technical College purchased 12,000 square feet of additional space at the Eclipse Center for its health education program.

The college opened its 15,000-square-foot Beloit Center at the Eclipse Center, located within the former Beloit Mall, in September of 2009. The Eclipse Center offered more space and the opportunity to grow.

The Blackhawk Technical College Beloit Center provides basic academic and GED/HSED instruction, remedial education, and classes for English Language Learners. The center also offers the phlebotomy technician program, as well as Health and Human Service, Business and Information Technology, general education, and community education courses.

Blackhawk Technical College had offered some classes and programs in space it leased in the basement of the Turtle Creek Book Store in downtown Beloit for about eight years. However, in the spring of 2008, that space flooded and the programs had to be suspended. The college then began looking for new space. The Eclipse Center offered additional space and room for growth.

Besides Blackhawk Technical College, the Eclipse Center is home to other educational agencies including Cardinal Stritch College and the Beloit School District charter schools. It also includes the Beloit Public Library, the Beloit Area Community Health Center, Rock County Health Department - South office, Community Action and the Elder Beerman store.

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