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Cartrette Technology Center to provide expert training

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Columbus County has the highest unemployment rate in our five county area at nearly 14 percent. In hopes of offering focused training for its students to help them land a job, Southeastern Community College has a new building on campus, dedicated to technology studies. Students are already settled into their new space. The new Cartrette Technology Center has state of the art equipment and facilities, and could help these students land a job in these tough economic times. That's what Theresa Lengner is hoping. She was recently laid off from her manufacturing job. Lengner is part of the bio-agricultural program. She can take her degree and ultimately work on developing renewable energy. "If you want to re-tool yourself, and get some of these new biotech jobs, or even just a lab environment." "We are combining the opportunity to combine our rural environment with the traditional economy of farming and agriculture, and work with agri-business and create jobs,” said Congressman Mike McIntyre. The building was donated and named after the Cartrettes, an avid farming family in Columbus County. Myles Cartrette and his mother, Myrtle, were at the building's dedication ceremony Monday in honor of their late husband and dad, James Allen Cartrette. “My mother and dad truly believed in Columbus County, they stayed here, raised a family here, worked here, built a business here, and we felt like it was the right thing for Columbus County in these times,” said Myles Cartrette. Faculty and students hope this training will bring some economic luck to Columbus County. In addition to the building, the Cartrette family has donated hundreds of acres of their farming land to the college over the years.

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When the economy goes down,

When the economy goes down, enrollment at community colleges goes up because people look to education to improve their situation. The dedication of the Cartrette Technology Center is a very positive message of hope, opportunity and jobs. As Congressman Mike McIntyre said at the dedication, "Southeastern Community College has always been a leader in education locally and across the state." SCC upholds its mission to serve the people, and the programs that are taught within the walls of the Cartrette Technology Center will serve to prepare thousands of people for successful jobs in Agricultural Biotechnology, Broadcasting and Production Technology, Business Administration, Computer Information Technology, Environmental Science Technology, Office Systems Technology and Web Technologies. In addition, these are only some of the more than 50 programs that Southeastern offers. If you are looking to improve your life, don't wait one moment longer, turn to Southeastern Community College TODAY!