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Renovation provides The HUB for WITC-Rice Lake 

WITC residential construction and cabinetmaking instructor Chris Harder prepares the mantle for installation in the new Fireside Room. The mantle was created by first year program students.

Construction is nearing completion on WITC-Rice Lake’s new commons and food service area. With an expected mid-January opening, the area will be known as The HUB and will include a new central information desk, student life center and full-service eatery.

“Student Senate leadership has, over the last few years, set aside funds to help with this project. The college is grateful for their support,” said Craig Fowler, vice president, continuing education/executive director, foundation and WITC-Rice Lake campus administrator.

With expanded food offerings and Starbuck’s brand coffee, The HUB Café will replace the current undersized snack bar. The completed project will also feature a new full-service kitchen, which the campus did not have. In the past, WITC-Rice Lake relied on the neighboring UW-Barron County for its food service. The new kitchen on campus will help make the college more efficient.

The HUB, which will provide casual seating for nearly 150 people, will also feature a new Fireside Room to provide a place for relaxed reading and casual conversations. Putting their own stamp on this location, students in WITC-Rice Lake’s residential construction and cabinetmaking program created and installed the mantle for the signature fireplace.

Living up to its name, The HUB will be the central point of activity on campus. It will serve as the drop-off point for high school and middle school career days, as well as other public events at the college.