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U.S. Department of Commerce Announces $1.3 Million Investment to Build STEM and Advanced Manufacturing Training Facility at Bladen Community College in Dublin, North Carolina

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.3 million grant to the Bladen Community College to help build a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Advanced Manufacturing Training facility on the College’s main campus in Dublin, North Carolina.

“The Obama Administration is committed to helping communities develop a workforce with 21st century skills,” said Secretary Pritzker. “As part of the ‘Skills for Business’ initiative, this EDA investment will allow Bladen Community College to establish a facility that will provide local workers with the training they need to compete for high-skill jobs being offered by regional employers.”

EDA’s investment will help build the STEM and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Training facility on Bladen Community College’s main campus in Dublin. The facility will include an industrial chemistry laboratory, an advanced manufacturing technology simulation laboratory a STEM supporting computer classroom, a designated STEM courses classroom, office space and an advanced technology industry bay.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov)
The Economic Development Administration marks 50 years of public service, leading the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.