Garmin has found its way to Manhattan.
Officials of Garmin International, the well-known maker of GPS devices, said Tuesday it is opening a software engineering facility at Kansas State.
The facility, a combination of wet lab, dry lab and office space, is designed to support software engineering. Local and Garmin officials said it also provides the chance for software engineering internships — semester-long, part-time throughout the school year and full-time during the summer.
Students who participate in the internship will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with Garmin engineers and will get hands-on experience developing the next generation of Garmin GPS products.
The lab is located at the Manhattan/K-State Innovation Center, a building owned by the City of Manhattan. Officials said Garmin worked with K-State, the innovation center, The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce and Manhattan Knowledge Based Economic Development (KBED) to open the facility.