Sen. Richard Burr's Field Rep Tours Woodworking Center
Mike Fenley was impressed.
“The partnerships you’ve formed, the accessibility to students, the use of existing facilities; this is all impressive,” said Fenley, a field representative from the office of U.S. Senator Richard Burr. Fenley was in downtown Reidsville on Jan. 23 touring Rockingham Community College’s new Center for Creative Woodworking.
The partnership Fenley alluded to was one between the college and the city of Reidsville. The city, with funding assistance from the Reidsville Area Foundation, renovated a deteriorating building in the city’s downtown and allowed the college to move its woodworking and woodturning programs in – an act that prompted Fenley’s remark on the use of existing facilities.
The accessibility he spoke of was an initiative of RCC President, Dr. Michael Helmick: to take education off campus and to the people in their communities as much as possible.
“Community colleges are setting a great example,” said Fenley. “It’s important to Senator Burr that he and the staff are aware of programs like the one at the woodworking center. This program, in particular, helps preserve and enhance traditional skills and adapt them to new technology.”
Fenley said it is important for the Senate office to maintain a relationship with educators and remain informed about how the Senator might be of assistance.