A groundbreaking ceremony held at Nash Community College on Tuesday, October 22nd marked the beginning of the new Continuing Education and Public Services building construction project. This expansion process started in 2010 with the purchase of 25 acres of adjacent property. The architects and the contractors were selected and building plans were completed. The college expansion features a repeat team of Oakley-Collier Architects, PA and W. M. Jordan Company/Bordeaux Construction Company, a joint venture and a partnership proven during the construction of Nash Community College’s Science and Technology building.
“This is an exciting time at the college. The future is being shaped here and growth is apparent. The new building will offer 78,000 square feet and 400 parking spaces. It will re-purpose 30,000 square feet of current space to accommodate more students and more programs. Our county leaders helped to make this a reality,” NCC President Bill Carver shared. The Continuing Education facility will enhance the College’s ability to meet the growing needs of the community and assist in enhancing local economic development through continued industry and customized workforce training. It will allow the college to continue providing high levels of preparation of area law enforcement agencies, fire departments, emergency medical personnel and other training that evolves with an expanding and aging population and disaster response. The college will deliver adult education, basic skills, special needs, and literacy programs in the new Continuing Education and Public Services building. This continued education is a critical for NCC to serve complex business sectors, and provide the best workforce and economic development resources.
“Students enter the campus from all walks of life. They leave as your firefighters, police officers, nurses, detention officers and emergency medical personnel. The community college graduate is likely to be your neighbor. I often say, community is our middle name. This building will belong to the community and will serve Nash County, and especially those citizens who voted yes for education as a result of the May 2012 bond referendum,” Carver said. Many Nash Community College graduates help to ensure critical lifesaving public service roles are filled, responding as local heroes in times of peril. The college tailors its offerings to meet the complex demands of a modern workforce and is prepared to meet the needs of the local citizens and of those who entrust their education and future with NCC.