SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake Community College unveiled its new $45 million arts and media center this week.
The facility claims to rival professional production studios and is expected to student an edge in a competitive job market.
It took nearly a decade to plan and three years to build the 130,000-square-foot center for arts and media.
“In this facility we have a TV studios, film sound stage, we have recording studios, we have gaming labs, we have web design labs,” said Richard Scott, Interim Dean of the School of Arts, Communication and Media.
But it's more than just a new space. With it comes millions of dollars in equipment and technology for students to learn hands on.
“If this is what they are using in the professional world, this is what we need to learn on otherwise we won't be prepared to go out into the field and work,” said film student Zachary Allred.
The colleges expects enrollment to increase by 20 percent in the next few years and hopes to build a regional reputation for its arts and communication programs.