Expanding Education At Vernon College

Vernon College's Wichita Falls Campus celebrated a major event Thursday afternoon. College and city officials were on hand to cut the ribbon on the newly renovated, 7 million dollar Century City Center.

The facility has been under construction since last year, and while there are still some rooms left to fill and shelves to stock, the building is now open for people to tour and work in.

Vernon College President Dr. Dusty Johnston said, "This facility just needed to expand to accommodate those students and to do some new things for the community and it went real well."

The Century City Center expansion has added 60,000 square feet to Vernon College's Wichita Falls Campus.

Geneva McLean was excited to be learning and working in the new facility. She said, "I'm a work study here actually, so I get to work in the financial aid department around my school schedule. I guess I'm happy that they have us in a bigger building because at first we were all kind of cramped in a little office."

Sylvia Mahoney was on the Vernon College Board of Trustees for 6 years. She's recently stepped down, but said it feels good to see a project she worked so hard on now complete. "It feels really good because of what it will do for the students and for Wichita Falls. For the students that need to advance their careers or have a new career or do something different so they can have a better life."

Wichita Falls Mayor Glenn Barham and Wichita County Commissioner Pat Norriss joined President Johnston for the ribbon cutting. Later, Johnston said, "We were growing and growing in the Wichita Falls area. We've had a lot of interest in the past several years. We've got a lot of new programs we've got a lot of students."

Anyone interested in the facility can take a tour on Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28 and August 3 and 4 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. each day. The Century City Center is located at 4105 Maplewood Avenue in Wichita Falls.

Jack Lamson, Newschannel 6