- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Itawamba Community College plans to spend $14.5 million over five years on upgrades to its campus Tupelo.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1LSafB0 ) the plan is to transform buildings that were built when the campus primarily served vocational students into ones that better accommodate current academic offerings.

“We believe the Tupelo campus will be where our population growth will be in the future,” ICC President Mike Eaton said Monday in announcing the project in a faculty meeting.

Itawamba’s main campus is in Fulton. It has a degree-granting campus in Tupelo and a continuing education program in Belden.

Eaton said plans for Tupelo include construction of a new 62,000-square-foot academic building on the site where the current administration building, physical plant and welding and HVAC shops currently sit. Those four buildings each would be demolished.

The technical education building also will be renovated to house natural science classes and a new physical plant will be constructed.

About half of the project will be financed by funds the school has construction work. The two-year school has about $7 million in the bank from past state bonds that it will use for this project.

Eaton said ICC also will build a combination band hall and storm shelter on its Fulton campus. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay for about 60 percent of the $6.3 million facility. The school will provide the remainder.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com


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