Today in NC State History: University extends its educational reach

August 26, 2015
By Chris Saunders

historyIconToday, NC State’s McKimmon Center is home to eight extension and continuing education programs that serve the people of North Carolina and highlight the university’s land-grant mission. It’s home to the Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services, the Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, among others.

But on this day in 1974, construction had begun on the center, as the Technician reported.

The McKimmon Center as it stood -- or almost stood -- in the mid-1970s.

The McKimmon Center as it stood — or almost stood — in the mid-1970s. Photo courtesy of NCSU Libraries.

The more than $4 million project had long been atop the list of planned projects at the university.

“The center, a top priority item on State’s capital improvements request since 1963, will house the short courses and other educational conferences which have been scattered across the campus and around the city,” read the Technician article.

The center, which would later be named for longtime champion of extension education at NC State, Jane McKimmon, was one of 13 projects on deck at State that year. Ricks Hall planned for an addition for the Agriculture Extension Service, the men’s basketball team prepared to receive a new floor and new bleachers, and the School of Design readied for a new wing.



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