Members of the community and first responders joined Haywood Community College for the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of its new Public Services Training Facility on Monday, August 14. Those in attendance were able to tour the facility for an up-close look at the highly-specialized building that will allow HCC to safely and effectively train all of Haywood County’s fire, law enforcement and EMS personnel.

“This Public Services Training Facility will provide state-of-the-art, ‘real world’ tools and training in a controlled environment for first responders of all levels of experience,” said HCC President Dr. Barbara Parker. “Through this centrally-located facility, these dedicated men and women will be prepared to protect our most important resource, the people of our community.”

For more information about the Public Services Training Facility, please call 828-565-4241 or visit

Photos by Jack Snyder. HCC President Dr. Barbara Parker addresses those in attendance at the Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the Public Services Training Facility. Pictured left to right front row are HCC board of trustees members Dr. Tom McNeel, Susan Sorrells, Patsy Davis, Lynn Milner, Mary Ann Enloe, President Barbara Parker, George Marshall, Waynesville Police Chief Bill Hollingsed, Jim Blyth, Bill Yarborough, Phillip Elliott, Student Government Association President Sophia Jackson and Representative Michele Presnell preparing to cut the ribbon. Pictured left to right back row are HCC Continuing Education instructor Leonard Davis, Waynesville Fire Chief Joey Webb, Sr., HCC Fire Services Coordinator Dee Massey, Center Pigeon Fire Department Chief Johnny Pless, HCC Foundation board of directors member Nyda Bittmann-Neville and Haywood County Manager Ira Dove. Attendees could learn more about the facility by taking a tour. Pictured left is HCC EMS Coordinator Bill Faust talking to Carol Adams during a tour.