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At Camp Humphreys in South Korea in late November, workers build an education center that will be four times the size of the post’s existing center. It’s set to open next July, officials said.

At Camp Humphreys in South Korea in late November, workers build an education center that will be four times the size of the post’s existing center. It’s set to open next July, officials said. (Ken Hall / U.S. Army)

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Workers at Camp Humphreys are building an education center that will be four times the size of the existing one and feature more classrooms, a science lab and new university degree programs.

The two-story, $12 million center is slated to open in July next to the Child Development Center and across from the Humphreys American School, within walking distance of family housing and soldiers’ barracks.

“It’s another new facility that will provide the soldiers and families and civilians and retirees who live and work here with a first-class facility,” said Robert H. McElroy, U.S. Army Garrison-Humphreys spokesman.

The center will be more than 75,000 square feet with 12 multipurpose classrooms, separate computer classrooms, testing rooms, a science lab and other amenities, McElroy said. An additional classroom will be equipped for long-distance “teletraining,” which combines use of computers and video terminals.

“It allows an instructor at a distant location, say, back in the States, to essentially teach a class on TV,” McElroy said.

Degree programs at the new center will include those already offered through the University of Phoenix, Central Texas College and the University of Maryland.

But the new center will add graduate degree programs from Troy University and the University of Oklahoma, he said.

The Hanjin Heavy Industry and Construction Co. Ltd. of Seoul is carrying out the project under contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Far East District.

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