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Since the summer of 2018, SNHU students have seen the new CETA (College of Engineering, Technology and Aeronautics) building being constructed in between Washington Hall and the Hospitality Center. This new building is supposed to have many amenities and lab spaces for CETA program students by its completion at the end of 2019.

The CETA program was established in late 2017 to expand affordable and accessible engineering degree programs in the New England region. When the parent company of Daniel Webster College (DWC) in Nashua, N.H. declared bankruptcy and announced the closing of all its schools, SNHU stepped in to help DWC students finish the year and continue pursuing their degrees. It has become rather successful due to the high demand of engineering-based jobs around New Hampshire and the United States.

CETA is home to many different STEM programs at SNHU including computer science, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering and countless others. Right now, many of the CETA classes are held in the engineering annex on campus: a 20,000-square-foot facility with classrooms and computer labs, as well as a radar simulator, a tower simulator, an aeronautics lab, and a static tower lab. Engineering and technology students also have access to a robotics lab, a mechanical lab, an electrical lab and a fully stocked machine shop.

SNHU is building the new CETA building to hold Conceive Design Implement Operate (CDIO) hubs where students can work on their design projects as well as teaching labs, new classrooms and print labs, a computer lab, a welding lab, a wood shop, and additional machine shop space, as well as a café and meeting spaces.

According to Yan Xing, the Dean of CETA at SNHU, “The new building will be officially open in January 2020. The whole project will be done between October and November 2019, and we need at least two months to move in and prep for the new start.”