BCCC expansion to Aurora, economic growth to follow

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AURORA, NC (WNCT) – Beaufort County Community College is expanding.

On Monday, BCCC officials accepted a check for $2.5 million from Rep. Keith Kidwell. The money is part of the state budget’s COVID relief funding.

“We have a need for education in eastern North Carolina, especially for the lower parts and up to Aurora,” Kidwell said. “It’s a long drive from Aurora to the community college on the other side of the county.”

The new satellite campus will be along NC Hwy 33 in the Aurora Industrial Park.

“We will be particularly focused on providing workforce development opportunities to Nutrien, which is our largest employer in Beaufort County,” said Dr. David Loope, President of BCCC. “We will also be offering Adult Basic Education, GED for high school completion, and English as a Second Language.”

Many believe that expansion is the first step towards building Aurora’s economy.

“When we look at companies that want to locate in the area, which is what the industrial park is all about, the companies first look at what your educational resources are,” Kidwell said. “People don’t want to be in a place where they don’t have access to education, medical care, groceries and good housing. We need to approach the whole project and we will start with the community college.

Loope said they plan to launch the project this summer, hoping to open in 2023.

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