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Alamance County’s legislative delegation presents ACC with $100K check to support student services

Alamance County’s legislative delegation was on hand for the latest meeting of Alamance Community College’s board of trustees to present ACC with a $100,000 check that ACC officials say will be used to create a “one-stop-shop” to enhance student support services at the Dillingham Center in Burlington.

Shown during a special presentation Monday night were, left to right: ACC president Dr. Ken Ingle; trustee chairman Blake Williams; Dennis Riddell and Steve Ross, who represent Alamance County in the state house; and state senator Amy Galey, whose district includes Alamance and Randolph counties.

The funding will be used to purchase essential equipment, furniture, and signage at the Dillingham Center, the community college’s auxiliary campus in Burlington, ACC officials said this week.

The check presented Monday night is on top of $6.75 million in state funding that Alamance County’s legislative delegation had previously secured for ACC as part of the biennial budget that the General Assembly adopted on September 22, 2023, Galey confirmed Monday night in a brief subsequent interview with The Alamance News.

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The breakdown of funding that the county’s legislative delegation has secured for ACC in the state biennial budget that Galey cited for the newspaper includes:

  • $5.5 million for ACC’s Public Safety Training Center, which is currently under construction;
  • $750,000 to establish a Triad East Center for Advanced Technology (TECAT), in collaboration with the community colleges in Guilford and Randolph counties, to offer training in “green jobs,” such as positions at the Toyota EV battery manufacturing plant in Liberty;
  • And another $500,000 to support the operations at the Dillingham Center.

ACC’s Dillingham Center opened in 2008 and currently houses the community college’s workforce development and continuing education programs (such as notary public certification and real estate licensure), as well as a small business center and some personal enrichment classes.  The Dillingham Center is located within the former Burlington Manufacturer’s Outlet Center off Chapel Hill Road.

ACC officials said this week that the new one-stop-shop at the Dillingham Center will be created to help students with financial aid, registration, and academic advising; access to online courses and technical support; mental health support; and library and tutoring services.

ACC’s trustees held their latest meeting in the community college’s Biotechnology Center of Excellence, which opened last spring and is located at the northern tip of the Graham campus, near the intersection of I-85/40 with Jimmie Kerr Road.

Construction of the $19.4 million, 32,000-square foot biotech center of excellence was funded by the $39.6 million bond package voters approved for ACC in November 2018.

ACC also opened its second building funded by the 2018 bond, a student services center at the front of the Graham campus, in April 2023.

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