New Bern vocational school headed to construction phase

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – A new vocational school in New Bern is on its way to the construction phase.

All it needs is approval from the board of alderman.

A couple months ago 9 On Your Side reported about the future site of a workforce training program, something that could be extremely beneficial for New Bern.

An old warehouse with such a bright future; an idea that’s now a reality.

“I can see students coming and going, really making an impact in the community,” said Gery Boucher, Vice President for Students, Craven Community College.

With a thumbs up from the city’s leaders, in a couple of years, the building will be a workforce training center and an extension of Craven Community College.

“We’re looking at plumbing, small engine repair, as well as electrical commercial residential electricity,” said Boucher.

This trade school is all part of a larger project, the city’s efforts to improve its First Street corridor.

While the city can’t wait for construction to begin, others aren’t ready for what the developments could bring.

“We’re talking about major traffic situations and issues,” said Randy Toran, who lives near the project. He’s talking about the street his house sits on. “They’re not allowed on this street. That’s illegal. This is supposed to be a suburb. This is not part of downtown New Bern. Children play here people walk their dogs.”

But Toran admits he agrees with the city on one thing, jobs.

“If they use the correct routes to get to the street, to get to the school rather, I’m all for it, said Toran. “That’s great.”

There’s no word yet on when the entire First Street corridor project will be finished.

The city received a grant for the vocational school.

Once contractors are hired, New Bern has 15 months to use the money and complete the project.

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