The Open House of the new Arts amp; Technology Building at the Somerset Community College McCreary Center was held on June 10. A standing room only group of over 130 people were present for the program and reception.
The Arts amp; Technology Building opened January 2010 with over 19,500 square feet. The two story structure is allowing the McCreary Center to expand programs in Art and Criminal Justice. In addition, it is providing the opportunity for a new Culinary Arts program beginning fall 2010. The new building has three art labs for drawing, painting and ceramics, a high end commercial culinary kitchen, and a state of the art firearms training simulator lab.
The crowd was welcomed by Center Director, Gayle Borders. Dr. Jo Marshall, SCC President and CEO, welcomed distinguished guests and recognized architects, donors and supporters of Somerset Community College and the McCreary Center.
Guests were entertained by Kimberly Greene on the keyboard. Jennifer Wilson, Associate Professor of Nursing at the McCreary Center, sang There Can Be Miracles during the program. Wilson commented that because of higher education, she has been able to live and raise her children in McCreary County.
Johnny Brown, a student in the Criminal Justice Program at the McCreary Center, addressed the crowd and thanked SCC for helping him prepare for a four year degree in a law enforcement field and for helping his community train a stronger workforce.
Anita Walker, Associate Professor at the McCreary Center since 1993, shared with the guests the history of the McCreary Center and thanked all the faculty and staff for their great leadership.
JC Egnew, community leader and long-time supporter of SCC, addressed the attendees and said, This building is a centerpiece to the community. It creates pride and will change McCreary County for years to come.
State Representative, Ken Upchurch of Monticello, spoke briefly and thanked the people of McCreary County for their support over the past years. Upchurch is stepping down as State Representative at the end of the year and introduced Sara Beth Gregory of Monticello, who will be the State Representative for the 52nd District beginning in January 2011.
Senate President, David L. Williams, also addressed the crowd and expressed his enthusiasm for the new building and thanked the McCreary County citizens for not giving up on education and for the commitment to their community. Williams commented, The people of McCreary County are responsible for this building. I just helped with the funding.
The program concluded with KCTCS President, Dr. Michael B. McCall. McCall thanked Williams and Upchurch for supporting Somerset Community College and the McCreary Center. McCall said, Without education our economy will not recover. It is about jobs and getting people educated. McCall looks forward to other opportunities that could help the people of McCreary County.
After the close of the program, guests were given tours of the new building and a reception was held in the culinary kitchen. Refreshments were prepared by Culinary Arts Program Director, Met Sergin and Center Director, Gayle Borders.
For more information about the McCreary Center and the programs offered, contact Center Director, Gayle Borders, at 606-376-7503.
Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell Counties. The website is somerset.kctcs.edu. Call for admission and registration information toll free at 1-877-629-9722.