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USDA Rural Development Announces Grant with Sampson Community College

Robert Kerns
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Rural Development Invests $2.3 million grant to expand Sampson Community College

CLINTON, N.C., November 30, 2023 – State Director Reginald Speight and members of North Carolina Rural Development Team announced a USDA Community Facilities Grant with Sampson Community College today.

Rural Development is investing $2.3 million through a USDA Community Facilities Grant to build a 10 thousand foot expansion to the school’s activities building.

The expansion will be used as a lecture hall and will accommodate courses requiring open floor space for instruction and skills acquisition, student events, student activities, intramural sports, graduation exercises, and meeting space for business and industry events.

“In some ways it is a positive thing when a school outgrows its facilities,” said Speight. “This shows proof positive that this college is providing an impactful education to its students. With this $2.3 million grant Sampson Community College will continue to provide the students in this rural area of the state an expanded variety of classes to prepare them for the future.”

The expansion will allow the college to continue to provide necessary accommodations for students and staff and will also allow for future growth.

“This will provide greatly improve our ability to meet the needs of all our students,” said Sampson County Community College President Dr. Bill Starling. “Our thanks to our funding partners, our state legislative delegation, our congressional delegation, and our local USDA representatives for working to make this this possible.”



Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, Tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.

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