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College Cuts Ribbon on New Goess Addition

PCC held a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 20 in the new addition to the Craig F. Goess Student Center. Joining PCC President G. Dennis Massey (second from left) to cut the ribbon were, left to right: Pitt County Commissioner Beth Ward, Winterville Mayor Doug Jackson, Greenville Toyota Owner Craig F. Goess Sr., PCC Trustees Chairman Charles Long and PCC Foundation Board member Kenneth Ross.



WINTERVILLE—A little more than a year after construction began on Phase II of the Craig F. Goess Student Center, Pitt Community College held a ceremony to introduce the public to the completed new addition.

On April 20, the college held an open house in Goess that featured remarks from various PCC administrators, tours, and Craig F. Goess joining Winterville Mayor Doug Jackson and others for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

At a cost of $3.58 million, PCC added 15,000 square feet to Goess to house the college bookstore and a variety of services, including a career center, student lounge, offices, conference rooms, and a 45-station computer lab. Designed by Greenville’s JKF Architecture, the single-story addition was built by Greenville-based Hudson Brothers Construction.

“PCC is focused on college completion and workforce development,” said PCC President G. Dennis Massey. “The expansion of the Craig F. Goess Student Center includes important resources to support our students’ success.”

Funding for the Goess addition came from a combination of state, local and private money, including nearly $1 million left over from construction of PCC’s Charles Russell and Construction and Industrial Technology buildings. Profits from the PCC Bookstore were also used to pay for the project, which included a new parking lot outside the student center with approximately 70 spaces.

The Craig F. Goess Student Center opened in 2009. It houses the college’s registrar’s office, counseling center, financial aid office, Bulldog Café, student lounge, cashier’s office, Walter and Marie Williams Faculty and Staff Dining Room, and Student Government Association headquarters.

The 33,698-square-foot facility was constructed with state, local and private funding and named in honor of local businessman Craig F. Goess due to his support for the college.

“During the past 15 years, Craig Goess and Greenville Toyota have been major supporters of the college and the Pitt Community College Foundation,” said Susan Nobles, PCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement and PCC Foundation Executive Director. “He has provided scholarships and training opportunities for automotive technology students and was eager to provide funding to support construction of the student center because he wanted to do something to help all PCC students.”