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Halifax Community College is hosting a series of community events on the campus Monday. 

The college will celebrate its 54th Annual Founders’ Day which recognizes the impact of HCC’s presence and role within the Roanoke Valley, and pays tribute to those responsible for its creation. 

The event will also showcase its newest building, the Advanced Manufacturing & Corporate Training Center, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and guided tours.

United States Congressman G. K. Butterfield will kick-off the special day by giving the keynote address at 9 a.m. in the Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. Centre. 

Immediately following the Founders’ Day program, HCC students, leaders, friends, partners, elected officials and stakeholders will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the state-of-the-art facility which will offer a range of curriculum programs. 

Alejandra Castillo, United States assistant secretary of commerce for economic development, will virtually attend and deliver remarks at the celebration. 

North Carolina Community College System President Thomas A. Stith III will also attend and deliver remarks.

“It is an honor to welcome this diverse and distinguished group of students and honored guests to campus on this day of celebration,” said HCC President Michael A. Elam. “Our service area covers Halifax and Northampton counties but we strive to promote educational and economic development opportunities that reach far beyond our borders.”

The training center will offer curriculum and short-term training programs for industrial systems technology, welding technology and automotive systems technology. 

It will also serve as a venue where area businesses and corporations can upgrade the skills of their current employees as well as new hires, and schedule other training needs. 

In addition to the advanced manufacturing offerings, the 28,336-square-foot facility houses classrooms, conference rooms and a makerspace.

“I’m confident our new building will significantly improve the college’s ability to meet the future workforce needs of our community,” said Elam. “Our Advanced Manufacturing & Corporate Training Center offers our local corporate neighbors leading-edge technology and training aids to conduct business around the world.”

The event is free and open to the public.