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$200 million bond on the line as community college enrollment surges (video)

The North Carolina Community College System kicked off a year-long celebration of its 50th Anniversary this week. The 58 community colleges are playing a key role in retraining displaced workers and providing industry-specific training to attract new employers.

Wake Tech, the state’s largest community college, has been so successful in both of those areas that it’s asking the voters this November to approve a $200 million bond referendum to fund much-needed construction and renovation projects.

Enrollment has increased more than 55% over the past five years, and it’s expected to increase another 50% in the next five years  as students seek higher education and additional training.

Dr. Stephen Scott, Wake Tech’s President, joins us this weekend on News & Views to discuss the bond proposal, state budget cuts, and the growing demands on the community colleges.

For a preview of  Dr. Scott’s radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below:

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