state budget allocates $ 15 million to CVCC for a new vocational training center | Education

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Senator Dean Proctor, of Catawba County, holds a copy of a portion of the state budget, which includes funding for a regional vocational training center run by Catawba Valley Community College.


ROBERT C. REED, RECORD


Catawba Valley Community College is set to receive $ 15 million from the state budget to build a vocational training facility to serve the region.

Governor Roy Cooper signed the budget on Thursday.

Catawba Valley Community College outlined some of its funding plans in a statement released Thursday.

The new center will serve as a regional hub for educational institutions and private parties to train and explore various industrial and professional fields.

“This facility will also include educational spaces that could use augmented reality, virtual reality and simulation training as well as more traditional academic success efforts and will also house a lab space to facilitate existing industrial training targeted for our serving region. Catawba, Lincoln, Caldwell, Burke, Cleveland, Gaston and Watauga counties, ”the statement said.

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CVCC specifically named Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, Western Piedmont Community College, Gaston College, Cleveland Community College, Appalachian State University, North Carolina State University, and Lenoir-Rhyne University as institutions that would be served by the center.

The college also said the money will allow CVCC to expand into new concentrations ranging from marine technology and biopharmaceuticals to construction and hospitality.


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