Prospective and former students got their first glimpse inside the new Agriculture and Education Building at the Surry Community College Yadkin Center campus on June 30. An open house event was held where prospective students could learn more about the new facility and expanded programs available at the Yadkin Center.
Jameire Bryant, Student Government Association president at SCC for the 2015-2016 academic year, was particularly proud of the new facility.
“It means new opportunities for our college and the community as well,” Bryant said. He just completed his studies at SCC and will begin his studies in political science at Appalachian State University in the fall.
The excitement has been building for sometime at Surry Community College, said President Dr. David Shockley, but he said it was even more special to introduce the new building to the community at large in Yadkin County, and in particular to show the space to prospective students.
“When you see the purpose of this building being fulfilled, that is what it’s all about it,” Shockley said. “We are so excited and we can’t wait until August to get these students in here and started off with their educational careers.”
Around 100 prospective students attended the open house along with their families. In addition to getting to tour the Yadkin Center buildings, including the new Agriculture and Education building, students also were able to complete admissions and financial aid applications and even register for classes. Special sessions also were offered on a variety of topics such as the SCC Business Technologies Division, Computer and Electronics Engineering Technologies, Health Sciences, college transfer options and more.
Yadkin County Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Myra Cox praised the ongoing partnership between the school system and Surry Community College and said the expansion at the SCC Yadkin Center was going to offer even more opportunities for Yadkin County students.
“While they’re still in high school they can dual enroll and take high school courses and college courses at the same time,” Cox said. “We’ve had a good number of students who have already been participating in the Career and College Promise program and I know with the addition of the new building and the programs such as welding and mechatronics and the associates degrees that they’re now going to offer it’s going to open up limitless possibilities for our students.”
Yadkin County Board of Commissioners Chairman Kevin Austin, also a local business owner, said the new building will indeed to be a great benefit for students and the county.
“They’ve created something that’s very exciting for Yadkin County,” Austin said. “It’s what is going to provide these kids the opportunity to make a good living in Yadkin County.”
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