WCC Receives $17 Million from NC General Assembly - Wayne Community College | Goldsboro, NC

WCC Receives $17 Million from NC General Assembly

January 31, 2024

Wayne Community College has received $17 million from the North Carolina General Assembly to be used for facility enhancements that will impact multiple programs on campus.

North Carolina State Representative John Bell, Representative Jimmy Dixon, and Senator Buck Newton attended WCC’s campus for a special check presentation.

WCC received $17 million for facility enhancements from the North Carolina General Assembly. Pictured at the check presentation, from left to right, are: WCC Board of Trustees Member David Tayloe, Representative Jimmy Dixon, Senator Buck Newton, WCC President Patty Pfeiffer, WCC Board of Trustees Member David Jackson, Representative John Bell, and WCC Board Chair Veda McNair.

Representative Dixon explained the General Assembly’s process of distributing these funds. “Each budget season, we get to turn in what we would like to see going to some of our districts. We get some, and we don’t get some,” he said. “But we’re interested in donating money that is put toward real needs.”

The funds will go toward enhancements that will impact programs in the College’s Allied Health, Public Safety, and Business and Computer Technologies divisions.

Senator Newton said that WCC President Patty Pfeiffer’s leadership helped the legislators explain to others why this was a critical investment, and he thanked her for the “cogent information and clear-eyed vision” of where the College is going and what it needs.

“When the three of us are able to speak in one voice for something like this, it makes it a lot easier for us to justify how we’re going to make these investments,” Senator Newton said.

“You’ve got a president here who’s not afraid to ask but is also willing to partner with us on projects and lets us know the needs of the community college,” Representative Bell said to WCC employees. “If we don’t know the needs, it’s hard to put money toward the needs.”

Representative Bell said that he is able to see the impact WCC has on the general public through his representation of the area. “Thank you for what you do day in and day out,” he told employees of the College.

Pfeiffer expressed her gratitude to the legislators for listening to the needs of those they serve. “I can’t thank you enough for being champions for not only Wayne Community College but also the community college system,” she said. “We have the opportunity to change the life of every student who walks in the door because of the support that you provide to make that happen.”

About Wayne Community College
Wayne Community College is a public, learning-centered institution with an open-door admission policy located in Goldsboro, N.C. As it works to develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce, the college serves around 10,000 individuals annually as well as businesses, industry, and community organizations with high quality, affordable, accessible learning opportunities, including more than 240 college credit programs. WCC’s mission is to meet the educational, training, and cultural needs of the communities it serves.