The project of building a totally new campus in Be'er Shevafor the 25-year old Air Force Technological College was launched to answer two pressing needs: to enable the school to grow to a capacity of 1,600 students; and to address the Air Force's pressing need for top-quality technicians and engineers.
The school, which takes students through high school and two years of college, is impacting on the whole region by offering teenagers from the Negev practical training for high-tech jobs in the future. It has raised the bar for education in the entire southern region. The new campus constitutes a gateway to excellence for its students, over half of whom come from families that immigrated from the former Soviet Union, and one third live in development towns and small rural settlements in the southern periphery.
At the end of November 2006, the new IAF Technological College was inaugurated in the presence of the Prime Minister, Minister of Defense, Minister of Education, Commander of the Air Force, Mayor of Be'er Sheva, the funding partners and their representatives, and many other dignitaries and friends.
The new state-of-the-art facility comprises classrooms, a science and technology center, a library and resource center, an auditorium, offices, services buildings, a sports hall, and a student dining room. In total, the school covers an area of approximately 14,000 m2 / 150,000 sq.ft.