ASHEBORO, N.C. (January 24, 2018)
Randolph Community College opened its renovated Photographic Technology facility on Wednesday, drawing a crowd of over 200 to the ribbon cutting and open house at the Asheboro Campus. Attendees included members of the College's Board of Trustees and Foundation Board, elected officials, members of the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce, the Randolph County Economic Development Corporation, college personnel, former instructors, and alumni of the program.
RCC President Robert Shackleford (front left) and Mac Sherrill, chair of the Board of Trustees, cut the ribbon to open the renovated Department of Photographic Technology, flanked by members of the photography faculty, college personnel, local elected officials, architect Robert Carmac, and representatives of the general contractor, S & S Builders.
Because of the cold weather, RCC President Robert S. Shackleford Jr. welcomed the crowd inside the facility's largest photo bay. After presentations, the crowd filed outside for a ribbon cutting in front of the new entrance, which features large glass doors and windows leading to a photo gallery.
"This program is renowned as one of the top photography programs in America," said Dr. Shackleford. "Technology in photography has changed just as dramatically as technology everywhere else. We have made it our intention to be out in front of the changes." He said in order to do that, the College had to do three things: upgrade the curriculum, upgrade the equipment, and upgrade the facility.
The new facility includes 1,400 square feet of added space, for a total square footage of 13,655. Suzanne Rohrbaugh, RCC vice president for instructional services, said the new and renovated spaces include eight multimedia editing suites, renovated classrooms, a dark room, a mat cutting room, a digital print lab, a student commons, and a new equipment checkout area. Technology upgrades to printers, computers, wireless access, security cameras, and digital displays for information and student work have also been included. "This new facility will allow our faculty experts to foster student learning in specialized environments," said Rohrbaugh, "so that students can explore and discover their talents like never before, sharpening their skills as they develop their craft."
Kevin Eames, department head for Photographic Technology, said the renovated facility provides specialized spaces for each of the program's disciplines: Commercial Photography, Photojournalism, and Portrait Studio Management. "The new layout is very engaging for students and visitors," he said. "Students will be very, very proud to say I came from this space," he said.
The $2.4 million construction project was funded from a combination of state funds and support of Randolph County via the ¼-cent sales tax referendum. State equipment funds were used to update technology and equipment for the facility.
For more information on the Photographic Technology program at Randolph Community College, visit www.randolph.edu/photo.