KEARNEY — Discovery Hall is much more than a fancy, new addition to the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus.

The state-of-the-art STEM facility will revolutionize higher education and workforce development in Nebraska.

“This building is the future of higher education. It’s not just experiential. It’s immersive. It’s interactive. It brings a whole new definition to hybrid education,” University of Nebraska President Ted Carter said Monday afternoon during a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the university system’s newest academic building in Kearney.

Speaking to about 150 guests gathered outside the three-story, 90,000-square-foot structure, Carter said Discovery Hall will take UNK to a new level by offering multidisciplinary, cross-functional education that prepares students for the high-skill, high-wage jobs that are in high demand across the state and country.

“This building will serve as that mechanism, that pathway, to create the success of our students,” he said.

Recently, UNK also made a commitment to the Grand Island by announcing a partnership with College Park to offer classes again in the community.

Located on UNK’s west campus in Kearney, Discovery Hall was designed specifically for the science, technology, engineering and math programs that will drive economic growth in greater Nebraska. The building features cutting-edge technology, modern classrooms and interactive lab spaces that provide hands-on learning opportunities in real-world, on-the-job settings.