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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, September 29, 1994, Page PAGE 7-A, Image 7

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BCC Seeks $2 Million EDA Grant For Aquaculture, Trainina Space BY SUSAN USHER Brunswick Community College's new aquaculture program lacks space of its own, but that could change if a federal agency agrees to pump 3i.5 million inio a facility. BCC President W. Michael Reaves said the college is complet ing a grant pre-application to be sent to the U.S. Economic Development Administration. If the EDA then gives the go-ahead, the college will apply for $1.5 million toward con struction of an aquaculture building and ponds, and another $500,000 to expand the BCC Industrial Training Center in Leland Industrial Park. "EDA's focus is on economic de velopment," said Reaves, "We'll try to show them we're creating jobs with these two programs." Because most of the present con struction at BCC has been paid for with county and not state funds. Reaves said the project should quali fy for matching funds from the N.C. Department of Community Colleges. Fourteen students are enrolled in aquaculture technology, offered for the first time this fall under lead in structor Doug Holland. They will begin talcing core curriculum cours es next spring. With growing nationwide interest in aquaculture, and BCC's niche as one of the few two-year programs of its kind, Reaves said earlier he is op timistic about the proposal's chances for funding. Efforts stalled earlier this year to obtain funding for the aquaculture building through the state legisla ture. This is the second time BCC will seek an EDA grant for the aquacul ture program. An earlier proposal, which would have been a joint ven ture with the Waccamaw-Souian Indian Association, was withdrawn after trustees said the proposal need ed more consideration. "I think we're on target. We had Weekly Crossword CLUES ACROSS 1. Roster 3. Mother 5. Tidy 7. Alluring 9. Maneuver 10. Vbmit 1 1 . Perfume 14. Imagine 15. Irritating 17. Once more 18. Drying cloth 19. Clutch 20. Turning machin e 23. 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Velva Jenkins, associate dean of continuing education, said the train ing center expansion is being plan ned in response to increasing re quests from existing industries for classroom space for retraining and continuing education, and projected space needs for new industry based on information from the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission. In addition to start-up training, new industries often need temporary office space to oversee that training, she said. The center now offers a media center, computer lab, five small classrooms, a small multi-purpose room and a large, petitioned area that can be used as three classrooms or as a conference area to seat up to 500 people. Trustees last week also: ? adopted a benefits package for part-time support employees who work under annual contract at least 20" hours a week in stable positions and are not workstudy students or associated with the Brunswick Inter agency Program. The package in cludes up to four hours per month to be used for sick or annual leave, self-pay participation in health and hospitalization plans, N.C. State Employees' Credit Union member ship, and eligibility for longevity pay after 10 years' service with BCC or another state agency or school administrative unit. The plan was limited to support personnel be cause hours for BCC's 150 to 200 part-time instructors vary from quar ter to quarter, said Reaves. Approxi mately 30 employees qualify for benefits, but the number is subject to change. ? unanimously accepted John Sawyer of Wilmington as the archi tect to design BCC's allied health ' I classroom and laboratory building, after trustees had an opportunity to meet informally with Sawyer. Sawy er had been recommended by the building and grounds committee, but the full boaiii wanied more informa tion before starting a new project, recalling their "nightmare" experi ence in construction of the Odcll Williamson Auditorium. ? Trustee Dean Walters reported several punch list items are still to be completed, nearly two years after the auditorium project was to have been finished, and a new water line to provide adequate fire suppression pressure to the auditorium should be installed within 30 days. ? Building and Grounds Chair man A1 Wooten told trustees the col lege's sewer system problem "is a good problem to have" since it sug gests "we have grown to the point we outgrew our system. We would like to see a new system that would handle these buildings and a new building." BCC plans to install a grease trap for the cafeteria and probably a new drainfield. Wooten asked that an engineer check the separate system serving the auditori um because of calls suggesting it might have a problem too. ? hired evening receptionist/ switchboard operator Deborah King, a BCC graduate, as the new secre tary/reccptionist for the continuing education department; H heard from SGA President Bobbie Anderson on plans for a campus blood, drive, and a Nov. 1 fall festival and parking space auc tion. ? approved a vision/beliefs state ment for the college that pledges commitment to meeting the diverse needs of students, employees and the communities it serves; and H adopted a new set of bylaws that includes attendance and residen cy requirements, adds new standing board committees on diversity and curriculum, and designates the chairman as the board's official spokesman. 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