New Buildings at Bladen Community College
The Workforce Development building is a 19,967 square foot new construction that houses continuing education programs. The$6.5 million structure features a 125 seat teaching auditorium, a conference room, two EMS labs, two science labs, and five classrooms, as well as faculty and staff offices for the continuing education department. Construction of the building was funded by ConnectNC Education bond.
The STEM and Advanced Technology Training Facility completed construction in 2020 and is approximately 9,500 square feet. The cost of the building was $2 million and houses an industrial chemistry lab, advanced manufacturing technology simulation bay, classrooms, and faculty offices. Due to securing a large USDA federal grant and matching funds provided by the Golden LEAF Foundation along with other generous community support, BCC was able to move forward with its vision of a STEM and Advanced Technology Training Facility. In addition, the college secured a $150,000 grant from the Cannon Foundation for innovative welding equipment placed in the advanced manufacturing technology simulation bay.
Curriculum and continuing education programs now have the opportunity to utilize both facilities for courses and programs that build high demand skills for today’s workplace. These new facilities provide much-needed space to support the college’s growing programs in areas such as allied health, career and college promise pathways for high school students, and the early college program. These cutting edge facilities have been a dream for our faculty for many years and they are excited about the potential both bring to our college and the community, remarked Dr. Amanda Lee, Bladen Community College President. Mr. Dennis Troy, Chair of the college Trustees, added “We are pleased for the support by the citizens of Bladen County who voted in favor of the Connect NC Education bond that has made the Workforce Development building a reality. We thank the Bladen County commissioners for their approval and support for the building. These new facilities will be the community center for workforce preparedness and training.”