Friday, August 28, 2009
SC State University, in conjunction with the town of Allendale, S.C., held the opening ceremony of the SC State University-Allendale Community Resources and Learning Center on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009 in Allendale, S.C.
President George E. Cooper, Allendale Mayor, Ronnie Jackson, Representative Lonnie Hosey, Allendale town administrator, Dwayne Ennis, Dr. Leonard McIntyre, interim vice president for Research and Economic Development at SC State, Dr. Tony-Adams Aburime, assistant administrator for Extension Outreach Development and program director of the TRIO/GEAR-UP program at SC State, Lee Fitts-Harley, director of Allendale County Department of Social Services, Jacqueline Jones, chairperson of Community Development, Allendale town council members, University officials, local business and community leaders and citizens, gathered in front of the Community Resources and Learning Center, which previously served as Allendale’s town hall, erected in 1901.
The Community Resources and Learning Center is designed to provide access to technology for local citizens, in addition to meeting other educational and development needs of the community.
“It is a great day in the town of Allendale as we officially open the Community Resources and Learning Center, which will serve as a place that provides educational and training opportunity for our citizens,” said Mayor Jackson.
The Community Resources and Learning Center will house:
• A computerized lab with internet access which will be used for academic tutoring and training, career exploration, community training activities, and technology education and training.
• A conference room, with audio/video resources, for community conferences and training activities.
• A resource “library” with printed materials and software (i.e., study guides, parent/family information and career exploration booklets; ABE, GED, ACT, SAT tutorial/test preparation materials, etc).
• The SC State Educational Opportunity Center Project which provides services designed to increase the number of low-income and first-generation adults (19 years of age and over) who enroll and succeed in postsecondary education institutions.
“The opening of this center provides an excellent training resource for our youth and other members of the Allendale community. It also allows us as a land-grant university to fully realize our mission: a mission of teaching, research and outreach into the communities,” said Cooper.
The establishment of the Center was made possible through funds awarded to SC State by the U.S Department of Education.
Dr. Tony-Adams Aburime, assistant administrator for Extension Outreach Development and program director of the TRIO/GEAR-UP program, was instrumental in obtaining the funds for the Community Resources and Learning Center.
Officially opening on Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, the center will have extended evening and weekend hours.