A vision that began nearly 20 years ago became a reality for Dr. Donna Tipton-Rogers, Tri-County Community College (TCCC) president, on April 26 with the opening of the newest building at the TCCC Graham County Center (GCC).
“When I first began my career at Tri-County Community College in 1996, here in Robbinsville, I worked out of an office barely bigger than a storage closet,” said Tipton-Rogers. “I have always believed in the enormous potential for growth at TCCC’s Graham County Center.”
The newest addition to TCCC GCC will provide lab space and classrooms for the health occupations training program, as well as the emergency medical training program.
“Our new building will give us the space to further our efforts in the community to provide the highest quality of training possible,” said Tipton-Rogers.
Steve Odom, a Robbinville native, represented the TCCC Board of Trustees.
“It is a great honor to represent the Board of Trustees here today,” Odom said. “I agree with Dr. Tipton-Rogers on the vast potential the TCCC Graham County Center holds for the students here in Robbinsville.”
The Open House and Graduation Celebration featured food prepared by TCCC’s culinary arts students for guests in addition to tours of the new classrooms by TCCC staff.
The event also featured former alumni as well as students from the 2016 graduating class, which at 47 students is the largest-ever for the Robbinsville location.
The graduating class includes Evelyn Grindstaff, 81, TCCC’s oldest-ever graduate, who began her career at TCCC GCC in the 70s. Grindstaff first graduated with her college transfer degree from TCCC in 1987. She will graduate in May with an associate in general education.
“The one thing I’ve learned at Tri-County Community College is that you never stop learning and you never stop growing,” Grindstaff said. “I’ve loved every class I’ve taken here and I’m very proud of myself and my fellow graduates.”
TCCC’s 2016 graduation ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. on May 6 in the Enloe Multi-Purpose Room on the main campus in Peachtree. For more information regarding events at TCCC, contact Dotie Stafford-Ortega at (828) 835-4208.
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