Halifax Community College get $2 million grant for campus
By LANCE MARTIN
WELDON – A $2 million Economic Development Administration grant will help Halifax Community College build an
advanced manufacturing and corporate training center.
HCC President Michael Elam said on Thursday of last week that the grant will double the school’s welding program
and expand other programs within its industrial systems curriculum.
The United States Department of Commerce (USDC) announced the awarding of the grant on Dec. 21.
The department said in a news release the project is expected to create more than 120 jobs and nearly $19 million
in private investment.
“A key focus of the Trump Administration is ensuring that American workers have the skills to succeed in the face of
global competition,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in the statement. “The new Halifax Community
College Advanced Manufacturing and Corporate Training Center will help provide local businesses with an able
workforce, stimulating future growth in the community.”
The department said the training center will house curriculum and short-term training programs for industrial
systems technology, welding technology, and automotive systems technology.
It will also serve as a venue where area businesses and industries can upgrade the skills of their current employees
as well as new hires, and schedule other training needs.
“I’m just elated,” Elam said. “It’s a great opportunity for the county and the college.”
The grant will allow the college to expand the welding area and its industrial systems program which includes solar
training, robotics and computer training, Elam said.
The grant could also lead to an expansion of the school’s automotive technology area, which could lead to programs
in diesel technology.
“It will create initial construction jobs,” Elam said. “In terms of long-term plans, we will be able to provide training for
a lot of people for jobs they can keep.”
Elam is hopeful the grant will allow the college to initiate an HVAC program.
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