College Breaks Ground on Two New Buildings

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Nash Community College broke ground on two new buildings – the Advanced Manufacturing and Cosmetology buildings- at a ceremony held Thursday, October 12, 2017. The facilities are slated to open​ in the summer of 2018.

“Good projects take all kinds of leadership to spur people to action. This project, like many of the programs at NCC, has many partners. County leadership worked with the College, and with administrative approval, got the ball rolling. Some incredibly generous individuals have also provided private support,” NCC President Dr. Bill Carver told attendees. “The architects and contractors were selected and building plans were completed. We fast forward to today and are once again working with Oakley and Collier and our new partner, Engineered Construction.”

The Advanced Manufac­turing facility totaling approximately 16,000 square feet will provide academic and training space for students enrolled in Computer-Integrated Machining, Electrical Systems Technology, Industrial Systems Technology, Welding Technol­ogy, and Electronics Engineering Technology programs.

The Cosmetology Building, totaling approximately 10,000 square feet, will include instructional salon lab areas, academic classrooms, lab instructional areas for manicure and pedicure and general program support spaces.

“The community college graduate is likely to be your neighbor,” Carver said. “These buildings will belong to the community and will serve Nash County, and especially those citizens who voted yes for education as a result of the Connect NC bond referendum.”

As the Advanced Manufacturing and Cosmetology programs vacate Building C, the building will be re-purposed to allow growth of the Early College High School program. “This expansion process started a year ago with the need to find a better facility solution for the Early College,” Carver said.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 302 students are enrolled in the Early College High School, which is a five-year high school within the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools system, located on Nash Community College’s campus. Early College students take a combination of high school and college courses, and upon successful completion, they graduate with both a high school diploma and either an Associate Degree or two years of college credit transferable to a four-year institution. In 2016, Early College seniors earned $1,000,260 million in scholarships for transfer to four-year institutions.

“We are proud to be able to tell you in approximately 240 days we will have two new buildings that will complement the South Campus Complex,” Carver added.