James Sprunt Community College gets millions for upgrades

KENANSVILLE, NC (WITN) - Leaders at James Sprunt Community College in Kenansville are preparing for some major renovations at the school.

The renovations and additions have been needed for years, but they say it's often a waiting game when it comes to having the funds available.

James Sprunt Community College has been given more than $6 million in grants, and students and staff are excited to see what that money will do.

Students and staff are excited about improving their outdated buildings.

One of the main highlights is a new, state of the art, $4.5 million health education building in which the school's growing nursing program will move into.

The building was built in 1966 and is showing its age. Nursing students said it's outdated.

Changes are coming to the other side of the campus. One building that houses many programs will get all new furniture that will be technology-friendly, and a new HVAC system with be installed.

Teachers say the changes can only better the students' learning experience.

James Sprunt Accounting Instructor Theresa Meza said, "It puts more pep in their step, they'll be more excited to be here, and be able to focus on what's going on in the classroom, and just improve their studies."

The roof on the multi-use building will also be replaced, and that alone is a more than 4-hundred thousand dollar project.

According to college leaders, the roofing project is being paid for with Duplin County funds, but that's the only construction project that is not funded by grant money.

The Golden Leaf Foundation, Connect NC Bonds, The Cannon Foundation, and the Economic Development Administration are all contributors to the renovation projects at James Sprunt Community College.