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New welding lab opened at College of The Albemarle’s Dare campus

A ribbon was cut Wednesday, Oct. 14 at a new welding lab on the Dare County campus of College of The Albemarle.

The lab features a dozen welding booths, each with a ventilation system to keep students and instructors healthy.

Speakers at the ribbon cutting included College of The Albemarle President Jack Bagwell, Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robert L. Woodard, Dare Campus dean Tim Sweeney and welding graduate Steve Sizemore.

Woodard said “education has been and it will always be a top priority for the Dare County Board of Commissioners.”

Dare County’s Guarantee Scholarship, funded by the county’s commissioners, is now helping almost 80 Dare County high school graduates attend College of The Albemarle to earn an associate’s diploma or certification in a trade.

College of The Albemarle purchased the welding booths for $175,000 and Dare County paid B and M Electrical from Elizabeth City $60,000 for the electrical upgrade.

The old welding lab will be remodeled to accommodate electric and construction classes.

The new welding lab is in the Manteo campus Professional Arts Building. Going on in front of that building is demolition of old school buildings to make way for a “state of the art academic building.”

College President Jack Bagwell pointing to the almost cleared land said “we have a lot of plans for this facility.”

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