UNCW chancellor encourages support for Connect NC

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UNCW Chancellor Zito Sartarelli is encouraging voters to support the Connect NC bond referendum.

The $2 billion bond includes $66 million for a new Allied Health/Human Sciences Building at UNCW.

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Sartarelli said the Nursing Program at UNCW has increased by 135% in the past five years and now has more than 2,000 students.

“The way we’re looking at it, with existing programs as well as new programs, we’re likely to double the size in the next few years, so I think we are basically bursting at the seems at this stage,” Sartarelli said. “It’s a great building, where we are, but we just need more space as we go forward.”

The chancellor added that the proposed building would include classrooms, labs, and large theaters for presentations.

Gov. Pat McCrory made a visit to UNCW on Wednesday to encourage support the bond referendum as well, but not everyone is in favor of Connect NC.

“Please note that whether an individual is ‘for’ or ‘against’ the bond does not make them ‘for’ or ‘against’ higher education, or the success of our community colleges,” Rep. Chris Millis (R-Pender County) said in a statement. “A $2 billion bond is most certainly not free money, and the interest payment will have a direct impact on the state budget which will then in turn impact the tax burden of our citizens.”

For more information from Chancellor Sartarelli and UNCW about Connect NC, you can visit their website at UNCW.edu/BondInfo.