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Students walk across the campus of Mitchell Community College, which was first was chartered in 1852 as a Presbyterian college for women.

The Mitchell Community College Board of Trustees commissioned new members and supported a bond referendum for a public safety training facility at its Aug. 27 meeting.

The board welcomed two new trustees, Mooresville attorney Kevin Donaldson and Shawn Huggins, an executive with Lowe’s Corporation. Dr. Steve Hill was reappointed for another term as a member of the board. All three will serve four-year terms.

The trustees also unanimously approved a board resolution that requested Iredell County commissioners to place an education bond referendum on the ballot in support of a new public safety training facility at Mitchell. The facility would serve students studying in law enforcement, fire, emergency management, Emergency Medical Technician and paramedic programs.

“Mitchell has collaborated with the county-wide facilities task force committee made up of citizens, our public schools and county commissioners to establish what our future building needs are at our college,” noted Dr. Tim Brewer, Mitchell’s president. “The commissioners have asked for our number one priority, and our trustees support the public safety facility as our greatest need.”

Mitchell’s project would join other facility priorities from Iredell-Statesville Schools and Mooresville Graded School District as part of a single referendum for voters to decide.

The College’s public safety programs currently provide multiple training opportunities to approximately 1,000 emergency responders each year, supporting various law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical providers county-wide. Many of the programs are currently housed in Mitchell’s Continuing Education building, which was originally constructed in the 1920’s.

 A new facility would also provide public safety students with a much-improved area to learn driving skills.

“We are currently limited due to space and resources on the trainings we can offer to emergency services responders,” said David Bullins, Mitchell’s director of public safety. “A top priority is a new driving pad which will provide real-world training opportunities for all of our programs.”

The board resolution will be delivered to the county commissioners, who will next have to decide whether or not to approve placing a bond referendum on a forthcoming ballot.

Mitchell Community College serves 9,000 students annually through a variety of curriculum, continuing education and workforce development programs.

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