YADKINVILLE — Following its meeting at the Yadkin Center on April 14, the Surry Community College Board of Trustees hosted a dinner for the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners, the superintendent of Yadkin County Schools and the school board and the Yadkin Center Advisory Council.
“Surry Community College continues to focus on the development of college programs which will be located at the Yadkin Center,” said SCC President Dr. David Shockley. “The opportunity to meet with our key partners within the county further solidifies this commitment and the college is grateful to the members of the Yadkin County commissioners, the Yadkin County Board of Education, and the Yadkin Center Advisory Council for sharing our commitment to further the educational opportunities available within Yadkin County. As we continue to work together, there is no doubt that many wonderful opportunities are on the horizon.”
The SCC Board of Trustees plans to host at least one meeting each year at the Yadkin Center. At the conclusion of the dinner, catered by the Surry Community College Knights Grill, Shockley presented a brief update to the group about the college and the plans for the new agriculture building that will be built soon at the Yadkin Center. The building, which is a joint project between SCC, Yadkin County and several financial sponsors, also will be home to the Cooperative Extension, Soil and Water Conservation, Farm Service Agency and Forestry Service offices.
Kevin Austin, chairman of the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners, also addressed the group and said the construction on the new building should begin in late summer or early fall of this year.
Austin said that he felt the meeting was a testament to the fact that all the groups involved “were rowing in the same direction” in regards to education in Yadkin County.
“It all needs to fit together nicely as far as educational efforts and career opportunities, whether students plan to work here in Yadkin County or go on to college somewhere else,” Austin said. “It’s good to have everybody on the same page.”
Todd Martin, superintendent for Yadkin Schools, also spoke and was excited about the ongoing partnership between SCC and Yadkin County Schools.
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