NC Senate moves on BCCC bill over higher education in Washington Co

RALEIGH, NC (WNCT) – The North Carolina Senate passed a version of a bill on Thursday to let Beaufort County Community College take over higher education in Washington County.

House Bill 390 originated in the House from Representative Paul Tine.

As it stands now, Martin Community College shares responsibility in the county. The bill eliminates that relationship and gives Beaufort County Community College the full jurisdiction over higher education responsibilities in Washington County.

Martin County Commissioners told WNCT in the past that they would like to keep everything as it stands now.

Others have been calling for a full investment in Washington County. Tine told WNCT that there has not been a true community college presence in the past.

Tine’s original plan was to have the General Assembly move the bill to the governor by July 1.

Since that time passed, the Senate changed the effective date to be August 1. If approved, it would impact students applying for the fall semester.

The bill now will head back to the House to approve the change.

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