Thanks, in part, to a $19.9 million bond referendum, Pitt Community College is expanding its program to train law enforcement officers.
Currently the basic law enforcement training facility is at the Greenville PCC site on Memorial Drive. They share a small parking lot with the business school, although the majority of the hands on training is inside a 8,100 square foot metal building.
With nearly $1.5 million, the college purchased Champions Fitness Building in Winterville, not far from the main campus. Another $500,000 will be used on renovations for both buildings. The current building will be turned into classroom space.
Champions is a 15,000 square foot facility. College leaders say it will allow for the classrooms and fitness areas to stay under one roof.
"Our law enforcement officers need continued training and the college had long wanted to be able to provide a much nicer facility," said Susan Nobles, Vice President at PCC. "So we're all very happy and proud that we could purchase a very good facility next to the campus that will be the new home for law enforcement training."
Champions owner Greg Lassiter says they plan to build a new and improved workout facility on Fire Tower Road. He says it will be bigger than the current location.