Dr. Christy Ponce, President of Temple College, provided the following statement regarding Meta’s announcement to build a Hyperscale Data Center in the city of Temple. 

Dr. Christy Ponce

“We welcome Meta to the community and are so grateful for the incredible careers that will be available in our community because of Meta’s presence in the city of Temple. As we build for the future, Temple College is excited to partner with Meta and other regional school districts to train a pipeline of employees ready for STEM careers.

We are excited to connect the Meta team with talented Temple College graduates trained through our innovative and high-tech training programs, including cyber security, computer science, engineering technology and more. These programs, along with Data Analytics and other Industry 4.0 infused programs under development, represent some of the programming to be housed in Temple College’s new Advanced Manufacturing Training Center. Construction of Temple College’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center, a project of the $124.9 Million bond approved in May 2021, is anticipated to break ground later this year. It’s grand opening will align with Meta’s launch in Temple. Together, we will make big things happen in Texas. Meta’s selection of Temple represents an incredible investment in our community. We would like to thank all of the community partners involved in making this happen and Meta for choosing Temple!”