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Foundation Receives Bassett Furniture Gift

A defining moment in educational opportunities for the furniture industry is originating at Catawba Valley Community College.  Bassett Furniture Industries announces a partnership with CVCC through a significant gift to the CVCC Foundation, Inc.


Bassett Furniture Gift to CVCC Foundation

Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, President of CVCC, and Mark Jordan, Senior Vice President of Bassett Furniture Industries, announce the development of the Bassett Learning Center at the Catawba Valley Furniture Academy.
The mission of the CVCC Furniture Academy is to prepare students for high demand jobs in the furniture industry. Preparation for high demand jobs are performed via exploration of career paths in the furniture industry, hands-on-training in a simulated furniture manufacturing environment by local craftspeople, and the opportunities of a lucrative career.
The Bassett Learning Center is the next phase of developing the innovative Catawba Valley Furniture Academy. This 1,100-square-foot classroom will be a “smart” classroom/learning center. Enabling beginning Furniture Fundamentals students to interact with industry instructors and students learning the hands-on will be advantageous as training capacity/class sizes are increased and all classes offered at the same facility. The facility will not only be utilized by CVCC students, but will serve as a state-of-the-art facility for student recruitment, industry workshops, events and training.
“This level of partnership between a community college and a private business is a demonstration of how commitments to the future workforce can move the needle in a region," said Dr. Hinshaw. "We are honored by the value that Bassett Furniture Industries sees in the innovation at Catawba Valley Community College.”
“This educational partnership will enable our industry to have the workforce needed to meet the production growth and service expectations of our customers," said Jordan. "Our industry has been built on the tradition of great people. The Catawba Valley Furniture Academy will be the educational source to provide us with the next generation of outstanding people and leaders.”

Announcement of the grand opening of the Bassett Learning Center will be forthcoming upon its completion.
For more information about enrolling in the next class at the Catawba Valley Furniture Academy in Newton, contact Lori Price with CVCC’s Business & Industry Services, 828-327-7000, ext. 4284, or Cindy Fulbright, CVFA Project Manager, 828-327-7000, ext. 4778,

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