SACA breaks ground for training center
Officials from Lancaster city's Spanish American Civic Association held a noon ground-breaking ceremony Wednesday for Tec Centro, a bilingual employment training center.
Tec Centro, at 102 Chester St., is intended to provide Spanish and English speakers basic employment training and specific job skills in areas such as construction, building maintenance, health care, forklift operation and computer and office jobs.
The $2.7 million center also will include a cafe as part of a culinary program.
The lack of good English-language skills combined with a lack of basic employment skills has held back many in the city's Hispanic community, resulting in high unemployment and underemployment, Carlos Graupera, SACA executive director, has said.
Tec Centro is being developed in a former industrial building in the heart of the city's southeast area. The 15,000-square-foot building was last used by a woodworking company. The civic association purchased the building nearly four years ago.
Renovation work actually begins April 15. Completion is expected in December. The training center is scheduled to open Jan. 1.