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Tyler (KYTX) -- Two big projects took a step forward Thursday morning at Tyler Junior College. The first is a new dorm that will house 250 students. The second is expanding the Energy Center at the West Campus.

Withy 8 dorms on campus already filled to the brim--another is now slated to go up at Magnolia and First Street.

"We could fill probably two of these right now if we had them online," Dr. Mike Metke, President of Tyler Junior College, said.

TJC board members approved the contract to be awarded to the Smith Group--it's the same firm hired for the Nursing and Health Sciences building. It's all part of the greater plan to churn out more skilled graduates.

"These are good-paying jobs with pretty much 100% employment," Metke said.

Then there's the Energy Center at the West Campus."This energy center will help Luminant expand their current, very successful, training program," Metke said.

The City of Tyler and the Tyler Economic Development Council each contributed $550,000 to the Energy Center project.

"The reason we're doing it is because skills training is so important for future economic growth," Tom Mullins, CEO of the Tyler Economic Development Council, said.

Between all of the colleges, there are now 20,000 students in Tyler.

"It's an education destination," Metke said.

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