TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Officials with the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope want to break ground in early 2014 for a new educational building on the school’s Texarkana campus.

The University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees this month approved construction of a $3.5 million building on the Texarkana campus, The Texarkana Gazette reported (http://is.gd/wZvpeF ). The board tapped Harris Architecture in Hot Springs, Ark., for the project.

The new building will double the Texarkana campus’ educational space, according to Brent Talley, the coordinator of communications and external affairs at the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope.

The building is expected to include classrooms and a technical program shop.

Talley said the shop will likely be used to train students in "facilities maintenance," a program that includes electrical and HVAC courses for maintaining hotels and other buildings.

"We’re excited about the future and the growth we’ve had at our Texarkana campus," Talley said.

Texarkana, Ark., Mayor Wayne Smith said he’s pleased the college will be able to offer more classes for local students.

"The expansion means more jobs, and the college can provide more opportunities for our students to remain in the local area, go to college and get a quality education with University of Arkansas credentials," Smith said. "I think as we progress along, there will be additional growth every year with the demands of our community and students for additional classes."