Haywood Community College

NEWS RELEASE

Contacts: Debra M. Davis, Diana S. Conard



185 Freedlander Drive



Clyde, NC 28721



828-627-4521 Fax: 828-627-1218

Date: 12-6-06

For immediate release.

HCC Awarded $705,582 Grant for the Center for the Advancement of Children

Haywood Community College was recently awarded a grant from the Facilities and Equipment Funds of the North Carolina Community College System. The grant totaling $705,582 will be used to finish six classrooms and for technology infrastructure and equipment for HCC’s new Center for the Advancement of Children.

“The new Center for the Advancement of Children will be a comprehensive system of services and education for childcare providers, HCC Early Childhood Education students, and more than 150 young children and their families in Western North Carolina,” explains HCC President, Dr. Rose Johnson. “This grant will enable the college to finish the facility so that we can focus on securing donations for the playground and instructional equipment.”

The HCC Center for the Advancement of Children will offer evening and after school programs. The center will provide distance educational opportunities for childcare professionals across the county and region, as well as provide a model teaching facility for the training of childcare workers. It will also be a family resource for counseling and training in parenting and family issues. Situated on the HCC campus, the center is designed to foster growth and creativity while drawing upon the beauty of its natural surroundings.

The center will serve as a teaching laboratory for HCC’s Early Childhood Associate program. Parents and students will be able to interact and observe children in the classrooms. According to June Smith, executive director, Region A Partnership for Children/Smart Start, the number one issue for these centers and others is attracting qualified staff. "A solid academic program linked to a model laboratory facility will provide a trained early childhood workforce for the programs currently operating and for new ones that will be developed in the future. Staff who are already working in area childcare programs will have a variety of opportunities for on-going staff development through the campus center and its satellite centers."

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