Texas Tech's newest expansion in Costa Rica had a groundbreaking ceremony that deviated from the South Plains' backdrop to that of a volcano.

The new location was approved in August and construction on the 10,000-square foot Plaza facility is expected to begin in December. The ground breaking ceremony also included meetings with industry and business leaders to discuss strategic trends and education needs.

The Texas Tech University Costa Rica University Plaza will be located in the capital city of San Jose and represents the first of three phases. Phase I will consist of classrooms, laboratories, a library and media center, administrative offices, an amphitheater and student services.

The first class of students is scheduled for enrollment in spring 2018. Texas Tech University Costa Rica will be self-sustaining and self-supported through revenue generated by student enrollment and revenues collected from Promerica Group, a highly reputable multinational conglomerate of companies operating throughout Central and Latin America.