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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Marion Technical College breaking ground on $5.5 million facility

Marion Technical College (MTC), which is a part of Marion County Public Schools, will soon break ground on a $5.57 million expansion project.

The construction of the new facility at MTC (1014 SW 7th Road in Ocala) will officially begin with a ceremony at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 8.

MTC received funding from the 2023 Florida Legislature to develop new automotive, diesel, and aviation mechanic programs – all of which require new infrastructure and significant investment in the local campus.

The facility will be built on the southeast corner of campus, and it will feature 16,000 square feet of classroom and work space for all three programs, along with another 15,000 square feet for parking.

The expansion project is slated for completion in September 2025.

When finished, the facility will allow up to 100 dual-enrolled high school and adult students to become automotive general service technicians, automotive collision refinishing technicians, aviation powerplant/airframe mechanics, and diesel systems technicians.

“With Marion County quickly advancing its reputation as a logistics and distribution hub and home to the Ocala International Airport, MTC’s expansion programs will help meet the expanding demand for these careers and keep graduates local to the Ocala/Marion County community,” stated Marion County Public Schools in a press release.

For more information, contact Marion Technical College Principal Gary Smallridge via phone (352-671-7200) or email (Gary.Smallridge@marion.k12.fl.us).