Connect NC bond would provide critically need money for colleges

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North Carolina’s community colleges are an essential component for our state’s continued economic growth and opportunity.

Our community colleges provide affordable, practical education to people all across the state. They work to prepare young people for the workforce and help retrain older workers to compete in today’s economy. As a result, community colleges are one of North Carolina’s most important economic resources, help expand the workforce and tax base and improve our ability to compete with other states. That’s why the Connect NC bond initiative is so important.

The Connect NC bond, which enjoys bipartisan support, will help improve facilities at every one of North Carolina’s 58 community colleges – not a single college is left out of the benefits of this initiative.

It will help begin the process of upgrading and adding to our community college system. These facilities are in many cases long overdue for improvement, which is why it is so critical we fund these projects now.

Impressively, this bond manages to improve all of these facilities without any need for a tax increase, so we gain amazing benefits with no additional money out of our pockets as taxpayers.

As chairman of the Board of Trustees of Edgecombe Community College, I encourage my friends and neighbors to learn more about the Connect NC bond initiative and to consider its impact on community colleges, such as Edgecombe.

Edgecombe Community College would receive more than $7.27 million for construction and much needed renovations. The college’s top construction priority is a Center for Innovation in Workforce and Public Safety. The proposed 24,000-square-foot facility would be constructed in Tarboro and would serve as the hub for workforce and public safety training.

Please consider the benefits to Edgecombe County when you cast your vote on the March 15 bond referendum.



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Connect NC Bond and Event Center

I don't see how people opposing the Event Center on grounds that it will unnecessarily increase debt can vote for the Connect NC Bond. Every government agency and organization that receives government bond funds always wants more. Not sure an argument can be made that a pressing need exists at community colleges for more buildings. Nash Community College has been on a building boom over the past 20 years or longer. Partly due to past bond referendums which have passed and were billed as greatly needed as well. Overall, Nash Community College has the nicest facilities of any school system, private school, or 4 year college in the area. Certainly they can not complain about having sub par facilities. Students who transfer from NCC to 4 year colleges may not be as impressed when they see many old buildings at their new institutions. Lets assume for the sake of argument that bond money is needed for capital projects. That money should be spent more efficiently in other areas besides community colleges that actually have pressing needs for new construction/buildings or capital improvements. NCC says the bond money will be used for a new Cosmetology-Engineering building and an Early College will be able to use one of the facilities. Along with starting up a Veterinary Technology program. However, one of NCC's arguments in the Rocky Mount Telegram was that bond money will be appropriated out to various community colleges throughout the state. A vote for the referendum will ensure over 7 million comes into this area for new capital projects. You could make a similar argument for the Event Center too.

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