College trustees adding program

Nov. 19, 2013 @ 05:03 PM

LOUISBURG — Students at Vance-Granville Community College will soon have a new degree option to prepare them for jobs in advanced manufacturing.

The college’s board of trustees voted to approve a Mechatronics Engineering Technology degree program at its meeting Monday night.

Stelfanie Williams, president of the college, said the program combines mechanical engineering and electronics and was made possible by the $1.7 million grant funding from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The grant is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program that seeks to develop and expand training programs in the state. The college learned of its award in September, part of $27 million awarded nationally.

The board was informed of an option to demolish the property on Ridgeway Street in Warrenton owned by the college. If the option is taken, it would cost an estimated $20,000.

John Foster, chairman of the building committee, said the committee was also considering renovating the property for college use and selling it.

Foster said renovations would cost about $95,000 and did not think it was a practical option.

Foster also presented the board with an update on capital improvement projects on the four college campuses.

The total project budget for renovations on a building roof and testing centers in the main campus was $584,924. There are $39,392 in funds remaining.

The total budget for south campus projects, including a parking lot and carpet replacement, was $331,500 and there are $17,143 in funds remaining.

The project budget for an upgrade to the sewer and water system at the corporate campus was $133,933, and there are $57,710 funds remaining.

Before the meeting, the board had dinner with the Franklin County commissioners and the trustees pledged to meet with the Vance, Granville and Warren commissioners.

Chairwoman Deborah Brown said trustees will meet with the Granville commissioners in March, Vance commissioners in fall 2014 and Warren commissioners in spring 2015.

The trustees, who usually meet on the third Mondays of odd-numbered months, will meet next on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in the main campus. Jan. 20 is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

 

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