NCC celebrates opening of new buildings
From Staff Reports
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Nash Community College students, faculty, staff and community members celebrated the official opening of the Advanced Manufacturing and Cosmetology buildings this week during a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony.
“This expansion process began in 2010 with the purchase of 25 acres on which we are standing,” said NCC President Dr. Bill Carver. “This has been part of a vision to intentionally create new learning spaces, repurpose other instructional areas and improve the campus environment.”
Since 1967, Nash Community College has worked to establish partnerships with local industry in order to respond to their unique training needs. As a result, NCC has significantly expanded student enrollment and the campus footprint, and graduates are making an impact on the economic prosperity of this community.
“The college will work together with many partners in the region,” Carver said. “This will only help strengthen the concepts found here. Additionally, Building C will be turned over to Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools for a makeover, becoming the new home for Nash-Rocky Mount Early College.”
Many students who learn real-world skills in these new instructional spaces are preparing to enter the workforce and earn a living wage in our local community and beyond. Others will transfer to four-year institutions to continue their education. Many will work in this community.
“For several years the college has anticipated this event and counted down the days until the campus would begin to use these buildings,” Carver said. “Many dedicated people have played a part in what you see here today, and the teaching and learning areas that faculty and students will collaborate in by creating an exceptional learning environment.”
The equipment in Advanced Manufacturing is an investment by Golden LEAF Foundation, U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training and Duke Energy Foundation. In addition to these funding partners, Carver extended appreciation to Nash County and North Carolina voters for their commitment to developing a skilled workforce and enhancing the quality of life for all citizens.
The college is now enrolling students for the fall semester. Classes begin Aug. 20. For more information, visit www.nashcc.edu/fall.