Edgecombe Community College in eastern North Carolina recently celebrated a milestone—50 years of service to its students and communities! Since its founding in 1967, ECC has been actively committed to equipping the people of Edgecombe County and surrounding areas with the knowledge and skills that will help them improve their quality of life and the economic strength of their communities.
ECC offers its more than 13,000 annual students 130 degree, diploma, and certificate programs as well as more than 1,000 continuing education classes. As the college’s services and enrollment have grown over the past five decades, so have its physical facilities. What began as one building in Tarboro in 1967 is now 14 buildings at campuses in both Tarboro and Rocky Mount. Two very recent endeavors at ECC are the new Biotechnology and Medical Simulation Center on the Rocky Mount campus, and the in-process Center for Innovation on the Tarboro campus.
In 2010, the college administration reviewed the history and operating costs for their physical facilities and realized that inefficient and aging equipment at many of their buildings was driving energy costs upward each year. The same issues were also contributing to less than ideal indoor environments at their campuses. ECC also realized they needed help identifying creative ways to finance the needed upgrades.
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