North Central Texas College to open Denton campus

North Central Texas College to open Denton campus

North Central Texas College to open Denton campus
November 08
22:42 2017

North Central Texas College (NCTC) is looking to open a new location in the old Denton Record-Chronicle building in downtown Denton. Construction for the project is planned for April 2018 and classes are expected to start fall 2019.

“This sleeping giant here at NCTC is being awakened and being recognized even more so, which is creating a great partnership with UNT and TWU,” said Roy Culberson, associate vice chancellor of operations at NCTC. “It’s giving the opportunity for our community of Denton to be more involved with their education.”

The board of regents for the NCTC district approved a notice of intent to purchase a leased property during their meeting in October. NCTC will work with the Martino Group, the property owner for the desired location, and their sister company, Links Construction.

“We approved a resolution to enter into a lease agreement with the developers to lease that building and for them to go ahead and move forward with predesign work and work with us to get a layout,” Vice Chancellor of Administrative Affairs Robbie Baugh stated in a press release.

The Denton campus will offer core classes that are transferable towards an associate degree. NCTC has a partnership with UNT and Texas Woman’s University that allows students to transfer without losing credits. The partnership also gives students the opportunity to be concurrently enrolled at all three institutions.

The Student Services Center will not be at the Denton location, but Culberson said student services representatives will be available at the new facility. Some faculty and staff will work at several campuses, but the expansion may require new members to come on board.

Culberson thinks the new campus will allow for more growth and Michelle Cunningham, business development officer for the city of Denton, said NCTC needs new facilities for their students.

“The Flower Mound and Corinth campuses are bursting at the seams,” Cunningham said. “The community college has had a profound growth and needs to have additional facilities available.”

According to an enrollment update in September, NCTC has 10,533 students across their five campuses and online, which is a record for the community college.

The new building is expected to hold approximately 2,500 students, Culberson said. He also thinks the location will make educational opportunities at NCTC more convenient for students.

Culberson said the facility is centralized and easier for everyone to get to. The Denton campus will eliminate the drive down Interstate-35 for many students.

NCTC is also looking to build a four-story parking garage located between East Mulberry and East Sycamore Streets in Denton. Culberson said the parking garage will hold about 360 cars, which will help the parking problems downtown.

Officials hope the location will attract more people to NCTC while Cunningham foresees the new campus helping businesses in the area.

“It’s going to be a boom for the retail providers that are in the downtown square area,” Cunningham said. “You will have that much more foot traffic for eating and shopping.”

UNT marketing freshmen Brittany Sheridan thinks the new facility will be beneficial to Denton and its local businesses.

“I think it is going to be a lot more packed, but I think it will be good for Denton in general,” Sheridan said. “The [NCTC campus] will bring more opportunities for other local businesses to come through and also to get more jobs here.”

UNT business marketing freshman Mackenzie Wojno said she thinks the Denton facility will increase the availability of education in the community.

“It’s cool because they are expanding their areas and making it easily available for others,” Wojno said. “It’s just giving more education to people that maybe can’t afford UNT.”

The Denton Record-Chronicle moved in August to a building on Duchess Drive. The newspaper was at the location on Hickory Street since 1947. Links Construction will renovate the building when construction starts in April.

According to a Denton Record-Chronicle article, the NCTC expansion will cost $33 million over the 25-year lease.

Cunningham said the new facility will help provide an educated and trained workforce for companies in Denton and the expansion cannot happen soon enough.

“This is just an additional, critical resource for us to have an additional NCTC campus in downtown Denton,” Cunningham said. “It’s terrific. I have nothing but positives to say about it.”

Featured Image: NCTC’s campus in Corinth. The college has plans to move to Denton in 2019. Jacob Ostermann

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