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Regional Workforce Development and Training Center Closer to Realization

 Onslow County Schools hosted school officials from Jones, Duplin and Camp Lejeune as well as community and government leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony for a new regional skills center.
Onslow County Schools hosted school officials from Jones, Duplin and Camp Lejeune as well as community and government leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony for a new regional skills center.
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Onslow County Schools hosted school officials from Jones, Duplin and Camp Lejeune as well as community and government leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony for a new regional skills center.

 

Onslow County Schools’ Board of Education recognized the need for a career technical education center more than ten years ago, but until recently there were no funds for the project.

 

In 2016 the state appropriated $5 million for the project and that was followed by Onslow County Commissioners donation of a 17-acre parcel of land at Burton Industrial Park for construction.

 

With bulldozers still on the site of the land cleared for the project and a rendering of what the new facility will look like in the background, officials grabbed their shovels and hardhats and simultaneously broke ground in front of media and attendees, Tuesday afternoon, October 17.

 

Board Chair Pam Thomas along with Onslow County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jack Bright and State Sen. Harry Brown, who was instrumental in securing the state funds for the project, said they believe the state-of-the-art facility will help provide the skilled workforce businesses in the local community are looking for and keep our young people in our community instead of having them go other places to find jobs or get the degrees and certifications they need.

 

The new vocational center, slated to open for the 2018-19 school year, will provide training in auto, collision, HVAC and welding as well as applied sciences and culinary arts.

 

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