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Local banks boost college expansion

Peoples Bank and BB&T have each committed $15,000 through the Gaston College Foundation to help build a Science and Technology Center on the Lincoln Campus of Gaston College.
The proposed center will allow the college to expand health science offerings and provide complete Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees (college transfer programs) in Lincoln County.
“We are extremely grateful to Peoples Bank and to BB&T for their investment in Gaston College,” said Rosalind Welder, dean of the Lincoln Campus. “Their support will make higher education more accessible for students here in Lincoln County.”
Since Gaston College renovated the old Lincolnton High School five years ago and began offering both day and evening classes there, the number of students in curriculum classes has increased from 353 to more than 1,000. The growth in the number of students and classes in the continuing education or non-credit areas has been nearly as dramatic.
“As the student population at the Lincoln Campus continues to grow, the need for additional space is critical,” said Dr. Patricia Skinner, Gaston College president. “The proposed Science and Technology Center will help us accommodate that growth while providing the labs necessary for us to expand health science programs and offer complete associate degrees locally.”
The total estimated cost for the Lincoln Campus Science and Technology Center project is just over $1.9 million. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2005, with a projected completion in the summer of 2006.
The college has already received commitments of more than $1.65 million toward the project including $400,000 in state bond funds, $750,000 from Lincoln County and $300,000 from The Timken Foundation
Local businesses, individuals and foundations are being given an opportunity to take part in funding this important project.
For information about making a gift in support of the Science and Technology Center project on the Lincoln Campus, call the Gaston College Foundation at 704-922-6511. Gifts to the Gaston College Foundation are tax-deductible.by Staff Reports

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