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Bladen Community College Officially Begins New Construction of STEM and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Training Center

STEM ground breaking ceremony

Dreams do come true and that was apparent at Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony for Bladen Community College ‘s Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Training Facility.

 

Dr. William Findt, President of Bladen Community College welcomed dignitaries, faculty, staff and students assembled to mark the official beginning of the highly anticipated construction project. This new construction project is a standalone building on Bladen Community College’s campus and is approximately 9,500 square feet.  The projected cost of the STEM and Advanced Technology Training Facility is $1,999,125.

 

BCC’s STEM and Advanced Technology Training Facility will house an industrial chemistry laboratory, advanced manufacturing technology simulation laboratory, STEM supporting computer classroom, designated STEM courses classroom, office space and an advanced manufacturing technology industrial bay.  Jeff Kornegay, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, stated “that the facility will provide much needed space to support the college’s growing programs such as allied health, career and college promise pathways for high school students and the early college program. Curriculum and continuing education programs will have opportunities to utilize the facility for courses and programs that require STEM and advanced manufacturing technology training.  This cutting edge facility has been a dream for our faculty for many years and we are excited about the potential it brings to our college and the community.”

 

This project is a collaborative effort among Bladen Community College, Bladen County Commissioners, Bladen County Public Schools, Bladen County Economic Development Commission, and local business and industries who came together concerned about the availability in the community of highly skilled employees in STEM and advanced manufacturing related fields. With a large Federal Economic Development Administration Grant and matching funds provided by the Golden LEAF Foundation, BCC was able to move forward with a response to this expressed local need. Availability and use of this facility will increase the variety and quality of certificate, diploma, and associate degree programs at BCC. Charles Ray Peterson, as he brought greetings to those gathered from his fellow Board of Commissioners members, remarked “this project is a collaborative effort among Bladen Community College, Bladen County Commissioners, Bladen County Public Schools, Bladen County Economic Development Commission, and local business and industries who came together concerned about the availability in the community of highly skilled employees in STEM and advanced manufacturing related fields. “   In closing, Dr. Findt added “with a large Federal Economic Development Administration Grant, matching funds provided by the Golden LEAF Foundation and other generous community support, BCC was able to move forward with a response to this expressed local need for STEM skills.  We thank those who have made this project a realty.  Availability and use of this new facility will increase the variety and quality of certificate, diploma, and associate degree programs at BCC.  The STEM training facility will be the community center for workforce preparedness.”

 

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