Open house planned for new NTCC buildings
Housing East features an inviting lounge area on the first floor that
includes plush furnishings, a big screen television and a private study
attend an open house at Northeast Texas Community College on Thursday,
August 4, 2011 to celebrate the completion of a new student housing
complex and fitness center. The come-and-go event will be from 4-6 p.m.
and NTCC staff will be on hand to give tours and answer questions about
the new facilities. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be conducted at 5:30
p.m. and refreshments will be served.
“NTCC has seen record
enrollment growth in the past few years. This means that our demand for
on-campus housing has also increased drastically. We feel that our new
facility is the best campus housing offered at any community college in
the state of Texas,” NTCC president Brad Johnson, said.
new residence hall, called Student Housing East, offers luxury
apartment-style living. Students may choose between four-bedroom privacy
units, where individuals have their own bedroom, or two-bedroom units,
where two residents share a bedroom. Each unit has a common furnished
living space and a kitchenette featuring a microwave, sink and
refrigerator. Private units have two bathrooms with a shower/tub combo.
Semi-private units have one bathroom with a shower and a separated
vanity area. Each bedroom features full-length mirrors and plenty of
“We spent a lot of time talking to
students to find out what they wanted. Every effort has been made to
create living spaces that are comfortable and functional for our
residents,” Dr. Jonathan McCullough, NTCC Vice President for
Advancement, said. “Almost everything is included in the room, so
students really only have to bring their personal items. It should make
for an easy time on moving day.”
aerial view of the new housing complex and fitness center located near
the main NTCC entrance. Ample parking was added to accommodate
separate 4,000 square foot fitness center was also completed this
summer and will be included in the open house. The building is located
next door to Student Housing East, and will offer NTCC students and
employees secure card access to state of the art fitness equipment. The
fitness center features cardio and selectorized machines, separate free
weight room, spacious group exercise area, and dressing/shower rooms
with lockers. All NTCC students will be able to use the facility at no
“We have dreamed about having a comprehensive
fitness center at NTCC for many years and that is finally a reality. We
are really shifting our focus to include overall campus wellness and
this is a huge step in the right direction,” Dr. Tom Seabourne, NTCC
Professor of Health and Physical Education.
Both the housing
and fitness center were funded at no extra cost to taxpayers in the
NTCC district. The fitness center was built at a cost of $1.43 million
and was funded by issuing limited tax bonds. The college sold revenue
bonds to fund the $5.73 million housing project, which will be paid for
with the profits generated by student housing. Collegiate Development,
an Irving, Texas based company, was chosen to handle the project from
start to finish.
“While this is a very important project for
NTCC, we did not feel that this was something that the taxpayers should
be burdened with. The revenue bond approach provided us an innovative
solution that we think the community will be pleased with,” Johnson
Students attending NTCC in the fall will also see
numerous other improvements around campus. These include the renovation
of the Student Union Building, the addition of the Caddo Café lounge
area in the Learning Resources Center and the expansion of the College
Store to include a full-service copy center.
interested in living on campus this fall should contact the housing
office at 903-434-8176. Space is very limited and rooms are being filled
quickly. For more information about the open house event, please
contact Nita May at 903-434-8113. More details about housing at NTCC may
be found at www.ntcc.edu/housing.