CCC’s new technology center is named after President Tim Moore

Cleveland Community College’s Advanced Technology Center unveiled its new name during a grand opening on Wednesday.

The name, which had been kept secret for months, was revealed as Speaker Tim Moore Advanced Technology Center to a crowd of supporters, community college staff, county leaders and others after a series of speeches .

The $15 million center, which was named in honor of House of Representatives and North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore, will welcome its first students this fall.

The North Carolina General Assembly contributed $9 million to the project.

The modern and growing building will offer training programs in Mechanical Drafting, Electronic Engineering Technology, Automation Engineering Technology, Industrial Systems Technology and Computer Integrated Machining.

Moore, one of the evening’s speakers, said he didn’t deserve the recognition, but the gesture was “very kind”.

He said the real distinction will be the people who can take advantage of the Advanced Technology Center to embark on new careers.

“I’m very honored by this,” Moore said. “But I’m more honored that this building is making a difference in the lives of so many people.”

A view from the second floor of the machine shop at the new Speaker Tim Moore Advanced Technology Center.  The grand opening of the new Cleveland Community College building took place on Wednesday.

The spacious 30,000 square foot, two-story building includes a 3D printing computer lab, multiple classrooms, space for manufacturing companies to come and train workers specifically for the jobs they will be performing, and a lab printing and metalworking. The Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership also has offices in the building.

According to the Golden LEAF Foundation, the funding came from several sources, including $9 million from the North Carolina General Assembly, $2 million from the Connect NC Bond and $1.5 million in funding from the initiative of community grant awarded by the board of the Golden LEAF Foundation.

“We believe we will benefit now and in the future,” said Jason Hurst, president of Cleveland Community College.

Scott Hamilton, President and CEO of the Golden LEAF Foundation, said the foundation views grant distribution as investment and job creation opportunities.

“A job is synonymous with hope, opportunity and dignity,” Hamilton said.

Moore and said Cleveland County is uniquely positioned to fill the manufacturing niche and called the facility a “crown jewel.”

“One of the first questions is, do you have workers?” said Moore.

The Speaker Tim Moore Advanced Technology Center will be able to provide these skilled workers, and Moore said the county will have a workforce that is trained, capable and ready for use by manufacturing companies.

Bill Carver, president of the North Carolina Community Colleges System, said community colleges prepare individuals for meaningful careers.

He said the new technology center is something you would find in a university.

“I blinked and thought I was on a college campus,” Carver said. “Our students deserve it.”

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