The Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee heard from representatives of Winona State University as well as several students during their visit to Winona Tuesday to hear about proposed projects seeking funding in next years state bonding bill.
WSU President Scott Olson led the delegation on a tour of buildings on Lafayette Street the university hopes to turn into a future "Education Village."
State Representatives Greg Davids of Preston and Gene Pelowski, both WSU graduates, also spoke in favor of funding.
Pelowski said it would be a great program for teachers and students alike. He said the one of a kind program would include participation from students from surrounding school districts.
The Education Village concept involves the renovation of the buildings that formerly housed Cotter High School, Cathedral Grade School, and the former John Nett Recreation Center. The total cost of the project is about 22-million dollars.
The buildings would host an education program education majors would get hands-on teaching experiences with students before entering the workplace.
WSU's proposal has received the public support of the Chair of the Minnesota Senate Higher Education Committee. Democrat Terri Bonoff.