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NC Governor Cooper Visits ACC, Discusses Issues

Governor Roy Cooper chats with ACC President Dr. Algie Gatewood shortly after his arrival on the college campus.

Governor Roy Cooper chats with ACC President Dr. Algie Gatewood shortly after his arrival on the college campus.

Governor Cooper listens to student Charles Jonsen during his visit to the Biotechnology lab.

Governor Cooper listens to student Charles Jonsen during his visit to the Biotechnology lab.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper visited Alamance Community College on June 7 for a scheduled table top discussion, tour and press conference.

During his one-hour appearance on the main Graham campus, the governor sat down for a private round-table discussion with Dr. Algie Gatewood, ACC President; Cathy Johnson, Vice President of Instruction; trustees Dr. Richard Fisher and Bill Gomery; Miasha Torain, Interim Medical Assisting Dept. Head; Yonnie Butler, Executive Director of the Biotechnology Center of Excellence; and students Kyle Young, Carlos Mosqueda, Kamara Troxler, and Sophia Allred.

The governor concluded his visit by touring Biotechnology and Medical Assisting before he held a press conference in the biotechnology lab for area media covering the event.

“ACC has been a leader in community colleges across North Carolina. One of the reasons I came is because they are making advances in technology and are working closely with businesses on getting people better-paying jobs,” Cooper said. “What we have to do from a state perspective is give the community colleges the tools that they need, and try and make the college education experience for people who are trying to enter the workforce less expensive.”

While at ACC, the Governor emphasized his proposed NC GROW Scholarship program which, if approved by the General Assembly, would provide free tuition to any NC community college for students who graduate high school with a 2.0 GPA or higher. NC GROW, largely funded via the NC Lottery, would cover tuition and fees for students who have used up other financial aid options.

Governor Roy Cooper speaks with (from left) Michelle Sabaoun, Biotechnology Department Head; Dr. Algie Gatewood, President; and Cathy Johnson, Vice President of Instruction.

Governor Roy Cooper speaks with (from left) Michelle Sabaoun, Biotechnology Department Head; Dr. Algie Gatewood, President; and Cathy Johnson, Vice President of Instruction.