CITY OF MORE HEAD — Carteret Community College is moving forward with its 10-year facilities master plan that includes building a transportation technology center and completing a walking trail, among six remaining projects.
CCC President Dr. Tracy Mancini briefed the college’s board of trustees on the plans during a Feb. 22 retreat at the college’s foundation building. The college is in the second year of the ten-year plan.
Dr. Mancini said that with an allocation of $3.375 million from the NC General Assembly over the next four years, the college has begun moving forward with the initial design and discussions for the installation of transport technology.
The building would house automotive technology, diesel and heavy equipment, and welding courses. These courses are currently distributed in different locations on campus.
“Now that we know we’re getting state funding, we’ve started visiting other schools and hope to present more information in the coming months,” Dr. Mancini said.
The funding caveat, however, is tied to following the General Assembly with $400 million in spending over the next four years for capital improvement projects at community colleges across the state. The NCGA agreed, under a 2021 appropriations act, to provide $100 million to the NC community college system in 2021-22 and $100 million in 2022-23, as part of the budget. NCGA’s current biennial for 2021-23.
The additional $200 million is contingent on an appropriation in the 2023-25 biennium budget.
The NC Community College system has allocated $843,925 to the CCC in each of the fiscal years from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023. A balance of $1.687 million for the past two years depends on the next long legislative session in the spring. 2023.
The college did not provide a cost estimate for the transportation technology center as it is still in the conceptual phase. CCC officials began visiting other facilities to gather ideas.
The college also continues to upgrade public safety teaching facilities, including the college’s firing range in Newport, which is used by Basic Law Enforcement Training students. Many improvements have been made since last year including the tearing down of a dilapidated tower, improving the earthen berm where the targets are set up, improving the roads in the range and laying fresh grass to alleviate muddy conditions.
The college also plans to begin design work on a second firing range. The goal is to complete the project in fiscal year 2022-2023.
Additionally, with a $900,000 fire tower grant, the college is seeking a location for a tower and firefighting training facility. The structure would have multiple stories, Class A fires and a five story platform. This would allow CCC to train aerial techniques, including ladders and ladder trucks, to push back and rescue in complicated structures. The structure would also allow for above and below fire access and egress, confined space entry, and U.S. Coast Guard-approved shipboard firefighting.
Students and firefighters currently use the Morehead City City Training Site, which spans 49 acres on 25th Street.
Another priority project is the renovation of the ground floor of the McGee building. The objective is to bring together all student and administrative services in the same building. Currently, student services for continuing education courses are at another facility.
The goal is to receive county capital for the project. The first staff moves began in February and are expected to be completed in August, with renovations beginning in 2023-24. Officials did not provide a cost estimate for the renovations at the retreat, saying they were still in the conceptual phase.
The college is also planning renovations to the Wayne West Building to accommodate mock health care training and use of the building for emergency/overflow relief by Carteret Health Care. No cost estimates were provided at the retreat, but officials said they plan to seek county funds, grants and donors for the project. The goal is to start the project in 2023.
Another important element is the completion of a nature and walking trail around the campus. The first phase of the project was completed in 2021 at a cost of $222,897. The first phase begins in the parking lot adjacent to the Bryant Student Center and runs behind the McGee Building.
The second phase is currently underway, bringing the trail to the parking lot next to the MARTEC building and to the east side of campus, picking up from the McGee building and following the property line to Arendell Street. The construction cost for the second phase is not to exceed $269,835 and is funded by private donations.
The college requested a grant to complete the third phase of the project and did not provide the cost of the third phase. The goal is to complete the entire project by December. The project is funded by grants and donors.
The college is also in the process of completing a signage project that will provide uniform signage throughout all campus buildings. Installation of signage is underway, with a target for completion in 2022.
Contact Cheryl Burke at 252-726-7081, ext. 255; email [email protected]; or follow on Twitter @cherylccnt.