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BY JOSH PRESLEY
East Mississippi Community College hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for new Golden Triangle campus student union Friday in Mayhew.
Construction for the nearly $15 million two-story, 76,000 square-foot building is expected to take two years. The union will be located next to the humanities and fine arts building on campus and will consist of 12 multi-purpose classrooms, a lecture hall, computer lab, small and large conference rooms, a bookstore, a cafeteria with an open dining area, private dining rooms and a small fitness center.
EMCC President Rick Young said there is a direct correlation between education and economic development. County leaders recognize this correlation and have allowed EMCC to increase capacity to better serve people in the region, according to Young.
"Groundbreaking for this new facility is another example of the progress and teamwork that has made the Golden Triangle the envy of the entire state," Young said. "This will allow EMCC to reach levels in training that are now a must in industry, and the people served by EMCC are guaranteed a first-class education and workforce training."
EMCC Vice President Paul Miller said construction of the student union wouldn't be possible without the participation of counties in the region. He said funding for the project is a combination of state funds allocated by legislature toward capital improvement, and also a collection of funds from the counties EMCC serves.
"We've still got a long way to go, but we're excited to set this new stage for construction," Miller said. "With this union we'll be able to support our commuter students and make decisions in the future about campus housing."
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