12/15/2018 12:01:00 AM Groundbreaking For New Veterinary Technology Building Held
(Above L-R) Dr. Jim Watson, Gaston College Board of Trustee Chair and members, John Dancoff, Sr., Steve Campbell, Judge Craig Collins, James Smith, Dr. Patricia Skinner, Gaston College President, Susan Riley, Brett Keeter, former Board member, and Sheriff Alan Cloninger take part in the groundbreaking ceremony.
(Photos Courtesy Gaston College)
(Top) Gaston College Veterinary Medical Technology students, Board of Trustee members, administrators, faculty, staff, and community members take part in the groundbreaking ceremony; (Bottom) The new Veterinary Medical Technology building will be built on the Gaston College Dallas Campus. The new state-of-the-art facility is four times larger than the current 4,000 square foot building that was built in 1996.
Stephanie Michael-Pickett, Gaston College Director of Marketing and Public Relations
DALLAS, N.C. – Prepared with hard hats and shovels in hand, current and former Gaston College Board members turned a bit of soil together at a groundbreaking ceremony, Tuesday, December 4, 2018, near the building site of the new Veterinary Medical Technology building on the Gaston College Dallas Campus.
The new, nearly 16,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility is designed to provide the best possible hands-on teaching and learning spaces for students studying to become Veterinary Technicians. The building will include offices, workspaces, classrooms, a computer lab, and a student lounge as well as animal kennels, exam rooms, a surgery suite, and a radiology lab. Additional space will be provided to board program animals and for exercising and general animal care to enhance the hands-on training provided by the vet tech program. The current vet tech building is only 4,000 square.
The Architects firm for the building design is Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects, P.A. and the general contractor is Randolph Builders, Inc. Construction on the new facility will begin in 2019.
The majority of the funding for this project has been provided by the Connect NC Bond Act which was approved by North Carolina voters on March 15, 2016. The bond included funding for each campus within the NC Community College System, the UNC System campuses, public safety, water and sewer grants, state parks and agriculture. Gaston College was also fortunate to receive an additional 1,000,000 appropriation from the State of North Carolina to support the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment to support teaching and learning within the facility.
Gaston College is one of three community colleges in North Carolina that offers a high-quality, American Veterinary Medical Association accredited program. Over the past few years, 100 percent of Gaston’s vet tech students have passed the state licensure exam. As a result, the program is highly regarded in the Piedmont region ranking #14 on the list of Top 50 Vet Tech programs in 2017 by TheBestColleges.org and most local veterinary offices employ one or more of the program's alumni.
About Gaston College --- Gaston College is one of 58 community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System. Serving both Gaston and Lincoln counties, Gaston College enrolls approximately 6,000 students each term in curriculum programs and averages over 16,000 annually in its Economic and Workforce Development and Continuing Education programs. Gaston College offers over 100 fields of study to obtain a degree, diploma or certificate. To learn more about the College’s services and programs, visit the Gaston College website at www.gaston.edu.
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