Photo: Construction is underway on the façade of the TCL Hampton Campus. The facility’s interior has also been gutted and is currently being reconfigured to accommodate revamped classrooms and training areas.
The Technical College of the Lowcountry Hampton Campus is getting more than a facelift – it’s getting a complete makeover.
The $1.2 million project is officially underway and calls for extensive interior and exterior renovations, making it the first significant renovation since the campus opened in 1974.
“This boost will help ensure the relevance of the Hampton Campus today and for years to come,” TCL President Dr. Thomas Leitzel said.
The renovation will not only feature a new façade, but will showcase new windows, HVAC system, electrical system, bathrooms, and flooring. The building interior is being reconfigured to accommodate new programs in areas such as welding and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tool technology. In addition, the project will include upgraded equipment and increased capacity for existing programs in computer science, certified nursing assistant, and building construction technology.
Information from a focus group consisting of community leaders and business owners was used to develop the grant proposal for the project and to help select the programs needed to expand businesses in Hampton County.
“These new and revamped programs will give Hampton residents the tools they need to be successful in today’s competitive work environment, which in turn will benefit existing businesses while helping attract new industry to the area,” Leitzel said.
Hampton county resident Dr. William Small Jr., who also serves at the vice chair of the TCL Area Commission, agrees.
“The Hampton campus renovation will go far in helping energize our entire community,” he said. “This enhanced facility will offer our residents a convenient place to learn using the latest technology and will equip students for jobs that are in demand right here locally. This is truly something in which we should all be proud.”
The project is being funded by TCL, Hampton County, and by grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration and the S.C. Department of Commerce – Community Development Block Grant program.
“Partnerships at multiple levels were critical in making this vision a reality,” Leitzel said.
The targeted completion date is December 2011.
The Hampton Campus is located in Varnville and was named the H. Mungin Center in 1991 in honor of Halbert Mungin, who served as Hampton County’s representative on the TCL Commission from 1987 until 1990.
The Technical College of the Lowcountry is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all qualified applicants for admissions or employment without regard to race, gender, national origin, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, disability, or political affiliation or belief.