JCC Breaks Ground on Student Success Center

Pictured from left are Jim Rose vice chair of the State Board of Community Colleges; Allen Mims, Johnston County Commissioner, and JCC trustee; David Johnson, JCC president; Lyn Austin, chair, JCC Board of Trustees; Jeff Carver, chair, Johnston County Board of Commissioners, Brian Starkey, OBS Landscape Architect; and Jessica Bossiere of HH Architecture.

Project also includes more upgrades to Paul A. Johnston Auditorium

Johnston Community College celebrated the groundbreaking of a new Student Success Center and renovation of the Tart Building.

The $5.9 million project is being paid for with county bond funds, Connect NC state bond monies, and private dollars.

Located in a portion of the 47,000-square-foot Tart Building, the new Student Success Center will serve as a one-stop shop and will enhance the front-door and onboarding experience for students. The center will house a variety of student services and staff, including registrar, academic advising, counseling, and career placement services in one location.

In addition to the building of the new center, the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium, which opened in 1989 under the leadership of Dr. John Tart, the college’s first president, will also undergo more upgrades such new flooring, house seating, drapery and stage rigging. The auditorium lobby will also be remodeled with new paint, flooring, and lighting. In 2017, the College installed a new roof on the Tart Building as well as installed LED stage and house lights in the auditorium.

The Tart Building will be closed throughout construction. Work is scheduled to begin in August with plans to unveil the new center and auditorium in fall 2019 in time for the college’s 50th anniversary.

“We are thrilled and excited to be bringing this addition and much needed renovation to the JCC campus,” said Dr. David Johnson, JCC president. “These new and upgraded facilities will enable us to better serve our students and our community as we strive to build a 21st century campus.”

HH Architecture designed the new center and renovation. Daniels and Daniels Construction Co. is the general contractor and Stanford White is the mechanical contractor for the project.