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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 9, 2018
 
HCC Receives $2 Million Grant
 
WELDON, N.C. – Halifax Community College (HCC) received a $2 million grant from the United States Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) on Dec. 21.

The grant, announced by Secretary Wilbur Ross, is earmarked to build an Advanced Manufacturing and Corporate Training Center on the campus of HCC. The funds will be combined with more than $3.5 million from the NC Bond program.

"This EDA Grant award is the culmination of the efforts of many individuals who are committed to the economic advancement of Halifax and Northampton counties," said Dr. Michael Elam, president of HCC. “We anticipate that this state-of-the-art facility will, among other things, significantly improve the college's ability to meet the future workforce needs of our community."

The new center is projected to create 120 jobs in the Roanoke Valley, and generate more than $19 million in revenue. In addition, the corporate training center will allow organizations from throughout the region to have a centralized place for personalized training for employees.

“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," Ross 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.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.
 
 
Halifax Community College's Mission
Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
 
Media Contact: Molly Wallace, Director of Public Relations & Marketing, mwallace786@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319