College Building Could Be Without Power For Weeks

Students and faculty in one building on the Johnston Community College campus (JCC) in Smithfield are having to find alternate locations to hold classes and work after an electrical breaker failure caused the entire Wilson Building to lose power. Other buildings on the JCC Smithfield campus were not affected.

The incident happened early Wednesday morning. Officials say it could take at least two weeks to make the electrical repairs. Fortunately there were no fires or injuries associated with the incident.

The college is working with electrical contractors to make the repairs. In the meantime, the building is closed until further notice and classes have been moved to new locations on the main campus.

JCC LogoIn addition to numerous classrooms, the Wilson Building is home to admissions, registrar, financial aid, tutoring services, cashier, business, human resources, College Foundation and other administrative offices.

Administration is setting up alternative work locations so that these services can reopen to the public as soon as possible.

“We are very sorry for the inconvenience this is causing our students, faculty, staff, and the greater community,” JCC President David Johnson said. “JCC is making every effort possible to repair the breaker and get us operational in the Wilson Building as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience and are grateful for the assistance from Johnston County as we work through this power outage.”

“Our first priority was determining how we could continue to serve our students as quickly as possible. Now that we have coordinated alternate class locations in other buildings we are now prioritizing getting our student services and business operations functioning again,” he added.

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