Central Carolina Breaks Ground on Harnett County Training Facility
Harnett County, NC -- Central Carolina Community College continued the growth along Harnett’s ”Health Care Corridor” by breaking ground on a 50,200-square-foot training facility April 12.
The new state-of-the-art training facility will graduate students in various health disciplines, such as phlebotomy, pharmacy tech, medical assisting, physical therapy and more. The partnership of Harnett Health System Central Hospital, First Choice and Central Carolina was forged while the building was still merely a vision.
“Students will have greatly enhanced training opportunities and a real opportunity to be employed by local health care entities,” says Phyllis M. Owens, CEcD, director of Harnett Economic Development Corp. “By adding this facility’s training capabilities to those offered by Campbell University and, soon, its Osteopathic Medical School, residents have the chance to begin a career and then continue training for higher level positions right in their own community. “
Speakers at the groundbreaking event called the new facility a “transformational step” for Lillington and Harnett County.” The new health care corridor developing between First Choice Community Care Center’s new facility to the Osteopathic Medical School under construction by Campbell University is expected to change the face of Lillington, Owens says.
“One need only remember Greenville, N.C., before East Carolina University took similar steps to realize the growth and health care options this corridor will provide to local and regional residents,” she says.
“The vision of the County and Harnett Forward Together Committee is truly coming to fruition and all those naysayers need to take notice,” says Owen. “People with vision and willing to work hard are the ones making a difference for all residents. It takes time. Sometimes it takes a long time but with visionary leaders a county can transform into a place where people still enjoy living but also enjoy amenities for now, only found elsewhere.”
Leaders participating in the groundbreaking event are (L to R): Red Rock Development CEO William Smith, CCCC Harnett Campus Provost Bill Tyson, CCCC President Bud Marchant, EDC Director Phyllis Owens, Commissioner Dan Andrews, Harnett Health System CEO/President Ken Bryan, Commissioner Tim McNeill, Commissioners Beatrice Hill and Jim Burgin and CCCC Board of Trustees Chairman Julian Philpott.