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Originally published: 2013-05-17 11:03:41
Last modified: 2013-05-17 11:04:49

CCC&TI nears groundbreaking on new Watauga building

by Anna Oakes

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute is close to breaking ground on a new academic building at the Watauga County campus, and college officials are hopeful construction can be completed in about six months.

The college's board of trustees held a joint meeting with the Watauga County Board of Commissioners and the Watauga County Board of Education at the Watauga campus on Wednesday.

"We'll break ground -- I would like to hope -- within the month," said Donnie Bassinger, vice president of facilities for the college.

The new 8,000-square-foot building, located between the new Occupational Training Facility and the Basic Skills Building, will house six classrooms and several administrative offices.

The new addition will allow CCC&TI to combine all programs and facilities in Watauga County at the main Watauga campus, located off the N.C. 105 bypass. Currently, the college's continuing education program is housed at a facility off Bamboo Road.

"We're looking forward to having all programs on one campus," said Bassinger.

He said all contracts have been signed and that the college is awaiting approval from the State Construction Office.

CCC&TI President Ken Boham thanked Watauga County officials for appropriating $100,000 in the county's 2013-14 budget proposal to help cover any unexpected costs in the project.

He also thanked officials for a proposed appropriation of $835,009 to the college, which would be an increase over the current year's funding level.

The commissioners have not yet adopted next fiscal year's budget.

The CCC&TI board of trustees typically meets in Caldwell County, but twice yearly schedules meetings at the Watauga campus.