JCC to break ground on state-of-the-art engineering building

Groundbreaking for 50,000-square-foot building is Thursday

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Posted 4/19/21

Johnston Community College launches construction this week of the college’s $15 million, two-story engineering building. An official groundbreaking is scheduled for Thursday, April 22, at 5 p.m.

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JCC to break ground on state-of-the-art engineering building

Groundbreaking for 50,000-square-foot building is Thursday

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SMITHFIELD — Johnston Community College launches construction this week of the college’s $15 million, two-story engineering building. An official groundbreaking is scheduled for Thursday, April 22, at 5 p.m. at the site, located on the Southwest corner of Campus and Jaguar drives.

Among the speakers at the event will be JCC President Dr. David Johnson, Johnston County Commissioner Butch Lawter, and JCC Board of Trustees Chair Lyn Austin. The event will be live streamed at www.johnstoncc.edu/live.

Once complete, this state-of-the-art building will house labs, offices, interactive classrooms and more. The new facility will support the college’s expanding Associate in Engineering (AE) program and STEM-related disciplines.

In a statement, college President Dr. David Johnson said, “We are thrilled to be underway with construction and hope to be in this new facility in about a year. Our students deserve adequate facilities in which to learn and our employers deserve access to a workforce skilled in a 21st century environment. Many thanks to the citizens of Johnston County for passing the bond referendum which provided $15 million for these efforts. My deepest appreciation goes to our faculty and staff who have taken our engineering program to heights unparalleled in the state. This new building will continue to support the commitment of our faculty and the success of our students.”

Johnston Community College’s Associate in Engineering program serves as a transfer degree for students seeking a bachelor’s degree at four-year universities and graduates have an 85% acceptance rate into those schools. Our graduates in engineering and other STEM disciplines have also received more than $200,000 in merit-based scholarships through the Goodnight Scholars Program at North Carolin State University.

HH Architecture is the project lead with assistance from Timmons Group, Stanford White, and Lynch Mykins.

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