A ribbon cutting for the new Agriculture and Education Building, which will be a part of the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College as well as several county offices, is tentatively slated for June 1. The building is located next to the Yadkin Center off of U.S. 601 at 2051 Agricultural Way.
The building will provide additional classroom space for the Yadkin Early College and the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College. Additional classes will be available with the addition of more space. Groundbreaking for another building on the campus is slated for June 1 as well.
The building also will serve as the new office space for a number of county offices. The groups which are to have office space in the Agriculture Building are the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, USDA Farm Services, Soil and Water Conservation and the North Carolina Forestry Service. A demonstration kitchen for the Cooperative Extension also will be in the new building.
One of the most unique features of the building will be a banquet hall which can be divided up into smaller spaces or used as a larger space with seating for up to 300 guests.
“It will be the largest meeting space we have in Yadkin County,” said County Manager Lisa Hughes.
The county is still accepting room naming rights on a first-come, first-served basis for groups or individuals wanting to donate and have a space in the new building named in honor of a person or group. Farm Bureau already has committed to a $50,000 donation and the large banquet space will be named in its honor, Hughes said.
Donors may choose a 10- or 20-year commitment which will include a designated name plate outside the entrance to the room, recognition on the donor wall at the building entrance, recognition plate for home or office of the donor.
“The funds will be used to help provide equipment for the rooms and some of the other services that we’ll offer in there,” Hughes explained.
Interested donors are asked to contact Hughes at the county office at 336-679-4200.
Hughes said the new building will be a great asset not only to the community college, but to the community at large.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.