SAN ANTONIO -

Alamo Colleges unveiled its new Innovative Center for Critical Job Training on Thursday, which will help train students in a few short weeks. 

The center, located in a newly renovated 40,000-square-foot building, features a conference center with seven 70-inch LCD screens, six computer labs and interactive training tools.

“This is a center of innovation, and it's also a center that connects people to jobs,” said Federico Zaragoza, with Alamo Colleges. “That's the whole idea. Creating accelerated pathways to good paying jobs in this community.”

One special feature the center will offer is a virtual welding simulator that will train students 35 percent faster than traditional welding schools.

“It's a great opportunity for people who want to try something new -- to get themselves into an industry that's going to be growing again in the future,” said student Ricky Brooks. “It's a great opportunity to get themselves back on their feet again, and back in the workforce.”