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VPCC’s Toano Trade School Hosts Official Ribbon Cutting

Patrecia Gary, Joseph Fuentes, TiJuana Gholson, Dr. Joyce Jarrett, Dr. Towuanna Porter Brannon, Thomas Cosgrove, Todd Estes, Shawn Avery, and Geronimo Sutphin (WYDaily/Jillian Appel)

TOANO — Virginia Peninsula Community College showed off its new trades center in Toano with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 13.

“It’s a beautiful center. It’s a beautiful facility, but it’s so much more than that,” VPCC president Dr. Towuanna Porter Brannon said while thanking members of staff and the community for their efforts. “This center is a symbol of progress, innovation, and collaboration. … No one of us can do anything by ourselves.”

On hand to help celebrate were numerous industry partners, government officials and
local school district representatives.

“While I’m happy to cut the ribbon and celebrate Virginia Peninsula Community College’s ability to expand access and expand its footprint, this is really a symbol of what it looks like when we work together to support the needs of not only the individuals that live in our community but also the businesses that rely upon us to develop the talent that they need,” Brannon said.

The 7,800-square-foot facility is located at the upper end of James City County, just off Route 60 at 236 Industrial Boulevard. According to VPCC, it opened on February 20 with welding classes. Carpentry classes begin April 17, and eventually, it will be home to two other programs — CNC machining and masonry.

“We know how important this facility will be to this community in providing access to
affordable skills trade training in this part of our service region,” said Todd Estes, Vice President of Workforce Development at the college, noting a commute to Hampton from James City County and Williamsburg can be a barrier to some students interested in learning a skills trade.

Visit the official website for more information about VPCC’s Toano trade center.

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