Three years after ground breaking, the Advanced Technology Center at Gulf Coast State College is officially open.
Several hundred people gathered to celebrate the opening of the new Advanced Technology Center.
After a ribbon cutting guests were taken on a tour of the $35 million facility.
The center will have the ability to tailor its curriculum to the local area and also partner with Kindergarten through 12 schools to offer programs at all levels of education.
Gulf Coast State College President, Dr. Jim Kerley said, "Our goal was to try to be one of those top 2 or 3 schools and I think we've reached that. That's a great feeling for our faculty and staff and our students and our community. This is the communities building."
The goal of the center is to attract more students locally rather than looking for other more distant opportunities.