Article by Debra Ferrell of The Caswell Messenger

Monday was a day filled with joy and accomplishment at the Piedmont Community College, Caswell County Campus in Yanceyville, as officials gathered for the official ribbon cutting of the newly renovated Science Lab.

(Watch the full video here, including thoughts from Science Instructor, Katie Hester.)

Kicking things off was Caswell County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Hodges who introduced Caswell County Manager Bryan Miller. He was happy to congratulate PCC on the “beautiful Science Lab” as well as looking forward to the “shining star that will be the Center for Educational and Agricultural Development (CEAD) coming soon to Pelham.

Yanceyville Mayor Alvin Foster likewise praised the updated lab and thanked PCC President Dr. Pamela G. Senegal for this vital contribution to local students’ educational opportunities. He pointed out what a significant investment this is for youth.

Keith Epstein, Executive Vice President/CEO of Roxboro Savings Bank, applauded the college’s vision and expressed his appreciation of the bank’s “partnership with PCC” that provided this “invaluable resource” for students.

PCC alumni Jason Marshall, Vice President/Project Manager, Riggs-Harrod Builders, Inc., spoke of his excitement to have the opportunity to be here. “It’s good to see the growth…and PCC making an investment in the future of the county.”

Dr. Senegal talked about the commitment to education that both campuses in Person and Caswell Counties have as they support the growth of programs and facility upgrades. She reminded guests that the dual enrollment of Bartlett Yancey students, including the accelerated program, allows them to enter other colleges as Juniors and “saves them thousands and thousands of dollars.”

She also thanked Marshall for his level of integrity doing the upgrade and thanked officials of Caswell County, the town, chamber, Caswell County schools, and other vital contributors. “You can’t find better partners!”

Financial partners were praised for making the project possible and providing students with an improved environment where they can “learn, thrive and flourish.”

Following the ribbon cutting, guests were invited to look around the lab.

Biology Instructor Katie Hester who teaches at the Caswell County Campus as well as the Person County Campus was clearly delighted to tell guests about the changes that have been made in the outdated science lab. “Before we had carpet on the floor and folding tables with cloth chairs,” she said while explaining how the lab is no longer a tripping hazard with ten extension cords. The new science tables have outlets for equipment, as well as a sink at each station, rather than one sink by the wall. The chairs are now adjustable by student and easily cleaned. New microscopes provide top-notch viewing for examination of a large supply of slides Hester brings to the campus. 

She also spoke highly of the class that has grown from a handful of students to 24 this semester. “This is really a blessing and we appreciate the PCC administrators and donors.”

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