Founders Day Celebration Held
Community College held a Founders Day Ceremony Sept. 9 in
The Centre. Senator Ed Jones and Representative Michael H.
Wray were the keynote speakers. The event was a celebration
of HCC’s 41st anniversary.
is a member of the North Carolina General Assembly and
represents the state’s 4th Senate district including the
counties of Bertie, Chowan, Gates, Halifax, Hertford,
Northampton, and Perquimans. He described growing up in a
single parent household and deciding to attend a technical
school, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Institution. “If it was
not for the Tech, I probably wouldn’t be standing here
today. It’s not about the four-year colleges that you go to
or all these degrees in front of your name. It’s about
getting an education…and you can have a better quality of
life,” said Jones. “You who have children, don’t be afraid
to send them to a community college because one day, they
could be a senator.”
is also a member of the North Carolina General Assembly and
represents the state’s 27th House district including the
counties of Northampton, Vance and Warren. He talked about
some of the developments from the General Assembly’s last
session. “Community colleges are the workhorse of the state
economically,” said Wray, who reported that in the past two
years, the General Assembly has made many investments in
these institutions. For the fiscal year, the state spent
about one billion dollars on community colleges. “I think
that we get great value for our monies,” he added.
Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr. acknowledged the area’s
legislators and referred to them as “stalwart supporters.”
He also highlighted enrollment numbers for the fall 2008
semester. Among these figures, HCC experienced an increase
in full-time overall enrollment of more than four percent.