The latest gift to the planned expansion of Gaston Collegeâ€™s Lincoln Campus, a contribution of $35,000, comes from First Federal Savings Bank of Lincolnton. Itâ€™s an important financial boost to an institution of critical importance to the people of Lincoln County, particularly those who have lost manufacturing jobs and are in need of more training and education. The money will go toward a new addition to the Lincoln Campus that will provide badly needed classroom space for a growing enrollment.
Chip Stroup, First Federalâ€™s executive vice president, said he is well aware of the popularity of the school, having watched the growth with his own eyes. â€œI am always amazed at the number of cars in the parking lot there,â€ he said. â€œWe are happy to help the college construct a building with more science labs so health career offerings can be expanded and students can earn complete associate degrees in Lincoln County.â€
The proposed Science and Technology Center will house two science labs with prep rooms and storage space for supplies as well as a science lab/classroom. It will also have three large computer classes, a large classroom to accommodate 50 students, and six faculty offices.
Rosalind Welder, dean of the school said the college is extremely grateful for a gift what will provide desperately needed resources. The bank was also major supporter of the renovation project on the campus six years ago
The total estimated cost for the project is $1.9 million. The college has already received commitments of $1.5 million in including $750,000 from Lincoln County and $300,000 from the Timken Foundation. Timken has been an extremely important donor to many projects in Lincoln County, and especially to the college.
Gaston College still needs some help. Local businesses individuals and foundations are being asked to help in this very important investment. For information about making a gift, interested donors may call the Gaston College Foundation at 704-922-6511.Our economy is supposed to be on a rebound, but many people in the Lincoln County area are still reeling from the factory closings and sour economy of the past two years. Many are looking for work or are employed in underpaid occupations. The solution to their problems is education and training, especially if it can be provided right here at home. Thatâ€™s what the Lincoln Campus of Gaston College will do, thanks to First Federal, Timken, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and those generous donors we expect to hear from in the near future. by Albert Dozier