While the facility will be run by the merged Bridgemont-Kanawha community college, the technology center won't be used exclusively by them.
Skidmore said at least five community and technical colleges are located within 90-minute drives of the center.
He said they would be able to work in partnership with the center, providing classes at their campuses through distance learning and online collaborative classrooms.
When students need to take part in training at the technical labs at the center, they can commute from their campuses.
"That way we can offer programs and classes without duplicating the technology labs at the other sites," Skidmore said.
Officials are hoping to install the latest technology in the classrooms and computer labs.
Skidmore said they would set up what are known as collaborative classrooms, where students can use iPads or other tablet devices to share work on monitors at the front of the class.
He said programs and classroom technology would evolve with the latest innovations.
"We know the technology is going to change and we want to prepare to be flexible for those changes," he said.
Huntington-based Neighborgall Construction is the general contractor on the construction project. Dixon Electrical Systems of Huntington is wiring the building, West Virginia Heating and Plumbing is completing the plumbing and sprinkler system, and Ohio-based Smith and Oby is installing the heating, air conditioning and ventilation units.
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