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CCCC Lifelong Learning Center hosts open house

CCCC Lifelong Learning Center hosts open house

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The historical W.B. Wicker School,rnbeautifully renovated and restored by Brick Capital Communityr ... (more)

10.12.2010College & CommunitySpecial Events

rn SANFORD — CentralrnCarolina Community College invites everyone to an Open House for itsrnLifelong Learning Center and the historical facility in which it isrnlocated. The Open House takes place 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct.rn14, at the Center, located at the W.B. Wicker Business Campus, 900 S.rnVance St.

rn Opportunitiesrnfor adult education will be featured, from cake decorating to adultrnhigh school. There will also be free blood sugar and eye tests.rnRefreshments will be served.

rn “Therncollege is so appreciative of the public officials and civic membersrnthat came together to make this Center a reality for students,” saidrnStelfanie Williams, the college’s vice president over the Economic andrnCommunity Development Division. “W.B. Wicker School has been a vigorousrninstitution of learning from the beginning, and with the LifelongrnLearning Center that legacy continues, benefitting the entirerncommunity.”

rn Visitorsrncan also tour the building. W.B. Wicker School (then known as LeernCounty Training School) was completed in 1927 to serve black studentsrnin Lee County. Its construction was paid for, in part, by the RosenwaldrnFund, which helped build schools for black youth throughout the Southrnduring the first part of the 20th century. Wicker was one of thernlargest Rosenwald Fund schools in North Carolina and stands as one ofrnthe few remaining. As such, it is on the U.S. Interior Department’srnlist of historical places.

rn Thernfacility declined following school integration in 1969, fell intorndisrepair and became an eyesore. Sanford attorney William Wilson Jr.rnpurchased the property in 1997 to prevent the school’s being razed. Inrn2001, he deeded it to Brick Capital Community Development Corporation.rnBCCDC spearheaded the renovation of the historical facility to serve asrnthe revitalized heart of its community and an educational and economicrnresource for all of Lee County. It was renamed the W.B. Wicker BusinessrnCampus.

rn CentralrnCarolina C.C’s Lifelong Learning Center now occupies most of the Wickerrncampus, including the main building and two large classroom pods. Itsrndental hygiene and dental assisting programs opened in 2007 in arnstate-of-the-art clinic and laboratory at Wicker.

rn Inrn2010, the college moved its Lee County adult education and continuingrneducation classes from the Jonesboro Center, the former JonesborornElementary School, to Wicker.

rn Alsornhoused at Wicker is the college’s administrative office for thernTriangle South Workforce Development Board. That board oversees federalrnWorkforce Investment Act funds in the college’s service area ofrnChatham, Harnett, and Lee counties, as well as Sampson County.

rn “Wernhope people will come and learn about the educational opportunities therncollege is offering at this community-centered location,” said CCCCrnPresident Bud Marchant. “The college is a partner in the educational,rneconomic and cultural life of our area and this facility is one morernlocation where we can reach out and serve.”