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Continuing Education and Industrial Center at Randolph Community College

Magazine article University Business

Continuing Education and Industrial Center at Randolph Community College

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A 46,000-square-foot abandoned furniture warehouse has been given new life as the continuing education and industrial center at Randolph Community College in Asheboro, N.C.

* Challenge: As with many community colleges, Randolph was in need of expansion due to large enrollment growth. Overflowing parking lots as well as classrooms in the machining program at the school Led to an overhaul of the old Klaussner Furniture warehouse, located adjacent to the campus' Health & Science Center and to Randolph Early College High School.

* Solution: Now with 47,283 square feet, the Continuing Education and Industrial Center (CFTC) includes seven classrooms; doubles the size of the institution's Small Business Center; provides space for continuing education classes and offices; houses a corporate training center; and doubles the space for the Computer-Integrated Machining program, explains President Robert Shackleford Jr.

"We wanted it to look like a state-of-the-art education center, attractive to today's students," says Shackleford. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, he remarked that what was once an empty building "is now going to make such a profound impact on the economic and workforce development of Randolph County."

The facility is the school's showcase project for the Better Buildings Challenge, a national initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy that asks university presidents and leaders from communities and other institutions to make a public commitment to energy efficiency, and to provide energy savings data and strategies as models for others to follow as buildings are upgraded. …

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