Three elected officials took a tour of Gaston College on Monday.
According to college spokeswoman Haleigh DiBetta, state senator Ted Alexander and state reps. Donnie Loftis, Jason Saine and John Torbett joined college president Dr. John Hauser. Joined as well by staffers and students, Hauser spoke of the college’s recent successes and its expansions in health care, advanced manufacturing and computer-related security. With the need for more skilled workers in these areas, efforts are focused on how Gaston College can help add to the work force, as Hauser noted. He also touched on how the college continues to expand opportunities to students through the signing of articulation agreements with four-year institutions, giving students the opportunity to transfer seamlessly to complete bachelor’s degrees.
“Gaston College has made great strides in just the past year,” said Hauser. “The support of our state legislators is crucial in helping us meet the future needs of our students and community.”
Hauser and Gaston College Athletic Director Dickey Nutt detailed how bringing athletics back to the school this past autumn has been beneficial. In addition to enhancing student life on campus, athletics is bringing in business for local restaurants and hotels.
“Athletics helps attract more students to the college,” said Nutt, “and we enjoy it when the community comes out to cheer on the Rhinos.”
Saine, Torbett and Loftis also toured Gaston College’s state-of-the-art veterinary medical technology building. Lead program instructor Melanie Skinner showed officials how recent funding has allowed the college to create a highly competitive program. They were able to witness students learning skills on the exact equipment they will use in the field after graduation.
Hauser summed up the event.
“It’s important for our students to have the proper tools to get the real hands-on experience they need to be prepared for their careers,” he said. “The veterinary medical technology and nursing programs are among many highly sought-after programs at the college. We want to continue to expand our programs and provide our students with the support and services they need to be successful. We are grateful to our state legislators for their support in helping us continue the momentum of the past couple of years.”
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