Lake Region State College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its Hofstad Ag Center at 10 a.m., July 22 at the campus building site.

Lake Region State College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its Hofstad Ag Center at 10 a.m., July 22 at the campus building site.

Mylee Kenner, program coordinator for the Precision Ag Program at LRSC, spoke at the Devils Lake Kiwanis Club Tuesday, July 14. Where she displayed the newest artist's renditions of the Hofstad to be built on the LRSC campus.

Plans are for students, faculty, and staff to be in the building for spring semester classes, which start in January 2021. The new ag education building will provide enhanced classroom space and a shop more suited for working with today’s precision ag components and large equipment. With LRSC’s own test field right outside the new building location, students will have real world experiences and graduate with knowledge from the classroom and field.

The 2019 North Dakota Legislature authorized construction of the $3 million ag education building at LRSC. The legislation provided a direct appropriation of $1 million along with some matching fund opportunities and named the building for Curt and Annette Hofstad, long-time Lake Region residents and friends of LRSC. The Community College Foundation, which supports Lake Region State College, launched a capital campaign in 2019 to raise $1.5 million.

The campaign, when combined with the state appropriation and other state match programs, will bring the college to its $3 million goal. Since this is an outdoor event, people can wear face masks if they so choose but will not be required at this time.

Established in 1941, Lake Region State College is a comprehensive community college based in Devils Lake, ND. LRSC offers education in a variety of career and technical programs and associate arts (transfer) degree for those planning to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree.