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March 21, 2014

Navarro College debuts Mexia addition

Corsicana — A new addition to the Navarro College South campus in Mexia opened its doors Thursday.

College and community officials gathered for an official ribbon cutting and open house event for a new administration building added to the college’s Mexia campus.

The addition, which will house administrative offices, a book store, meeting rooms and additional classroom space, recently completed construction and is already housing some operations at the campus.

College District President Dr. Barbara Kavalier said the opening was “a special day” for the college district.

“What a great opportunity it is to bring higher education to a community,” she said. “This building represents our opportunity to provide access to higher education for the good folks of Mexia.”

Kavalier thanked college supporters in Mexia and Limestone County for helping to make the new building a reality.

“We could not be here without you,” she said.

Lloyd Huffman, chairman of the Navarro College Board of Trustees, echoed Kavalier’s gratitude to the college’s local supporters.

“There has been a long, historic commitment and partnership between Navarro College and Mexia and Limestone County,” Huffman said. “The cooperation we’ve gotten from the city of Mexia, Limestone County and this area is about the best of any community in the college district.”

Growing from a small building in downtown Mexia to the campus that exists today, Huffman said the college will continue to provide opportunities for the area.

“It’s all about the future. It’s all about these young folks that need more sophisticated education in order to get by and be successful ... we want to support whatever effort it takes to fulfill the needs of the young folks in Limestone County,” Huffman added.

Partnering with the college on the new building was the Mexia Economic Development Corporation, providing $400,000 toward the cost of the new addition in Mexia.

Tommy Tucker, president of the Mexia economic group, thanked the college for its continued support of the area.

“This has been a dream of the folks in Mexia for a long time,” Tucker said, challenging Kavalier to “complete the dream” of those who worked so hard to bring the college to Mexia.

Dr. Harold Housley, vice-president of academic affairs for Navarro College, said the college will continue to expand educational opportunities at the campus.

“We are committed to provide quality instruction at this and all the campuses, we’re committed to provide schedules that meet the students’ needs, and we’re committed to the growth of dual credit at each school district in the area,” Housley said. “Any way that we can serve you and work with you, that’s our mission.”

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Bob Belcher may be reached by email at bbelcher@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this story? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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