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SCC's Capital Campaign Successful

sccnewsicon(October 11, 2013) Stanly Community College’s (SCC) Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology (AMIT) capital campaign launched in July has reached its goal of raising $1.5 million locally. Endorsed by the Stanly County Board of Commissioners, which allocated $500,000 to support the project, the campaign has raised an additional $1 million through contributions from local industries, civic groups, and individuals.

The College has submitted a grant application for matching funds to the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Additional requests have been made to the Golden Leaf Foundation and to the Duke Energy Foundation for funding of additional instructional equipment and instructional needs of the AMIT project. Announcements regarding these requests are expected within the next few months.

In making this announcement, Dr. Brenda Kays, SCC President, expressed her appreciation for the community’s support. “Mere words cannot adequately express my appreciation to the Stanly County community for its generous support of this campaign. This support demonstrates not only recognition of SCC’s value to the community but also a tangible commitment to the College’s future role in preparing workers needed by local industry.”

The funds will be used for a major renovation on the existing Continuing Education and Annex buildings on the Albemarle Campus. The new facility, to be known as the Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center, will provide space for the College’s welding, electrical lineman, HVAC, heavy equipment, and autobody programs. In addition, space will provided for a CNC machining program, an industrial maintenance program, and a new mechatronics/industrial automation/robotics program.

Local and regional economic development efforts are focusing on the advanced manufacturing sector because forecasts indicate that most job growth will be in these fields. SCC has been expanding existing instructional programs and adding new ones to meet this need.

Nadine Bowers, Chair of the SCC Board of Trustees, adds that “the SCC Board is fully behind this effort to increase the College’s ability to train workers in advanced manufacturing fields so that we may contribute to the present and future economy of Stanly County and provide more of our citizens the skills necessary to find good jobs.”

Although the campaign has reached its goal, the SCC Foundation will continue to receive donations to support the project.