The Eastman Advanced Workforce Training Complex

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The Eastman Advanced Workforce Training Complex

Building Regional Workforce Capacity for Today’s Demands; serving Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie Counties

Support the Campaign

Our community's workforce is expanding rapidly along with its population.  However; job openings in the specialized career fields of Advanced Welding, Heating and Air Conditioning, Automotive Technology, Diesel Engine Repair, and additive manufacturing remain open due to a lack of qualified professionals in the industrial trades.  In fact, according to the 2017 Treasure Coast Skills Gap Study, 94% of employers in the trades and 62% of employers in manufacturing report difficulty in filling positions.  Indian River State College is addressing this need by constructing the Eastman Family Advanced Workforce Training Complex at IRSC's Dr. Edwin R. Massey (main) campus in Fort Pierce to expand its capacity to offer training in important industrial skills training programs.

When completed, this state-of-the-art, 60,000-square-foot facility for industrial education will be equipped with the technology and tools needed to prepare local students for high-demand, high-paying jobs in the following trades:

  • Advanced Welding
  • Automotive Technology
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R)
  • Aviation Technology
  • Marine Technology
  • Manufacturing

        Campaign Update (As of October 14, 2021)                                                     

          Building Cost                                       $28,015,441.82

          Equipment Cost                                  $3,000,000

          PECO                                                  $21,323,447

          Federal EDA Grant                             $2,000,000

          Private Donations to date                   $4,304,056.99



Naming Opportunities Are Available

You can permanently link your name to an IRSC classroom, lab, or educational area through a Naming Opportunity.  Permanent Advanced Workforce Training Complex Naming Opportunities are available, and major gifts may be pledged for up to three years. Many highly visible locations are perfect for honoring loved ones, increasing awareness of your business, and demonstrating your support of IRSC and our community.

To help through an outright or deferred gift, please contact Julia Keenan, Director of Development at 772.462.7244 / via email at