Welding Lab at Mayland’s Avery Learning Center named for Glenn and Carol Arthur

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Pictured during the ribbon cutting from left to right on the back row are Dean of the Avery Learning Center Melissa Phillips, MCC Trustee Samuel L. Ray, Jr, welding instructor Jason Lonon, MCC President John Boyd, and MCC Trustee Chair Edwina Sluder. On the front row cutting the ribbon are Carol and Glenn Arthur.

On Thursday, August 14, Mayland Community College administration, staff, and supporters gathered to cut the ribbon to name and open the Glenn and Carol Arthur Welding Lab at Mayland Community College’s Avery Learning Center.

“The Arthurs’ support and contributions are making it possible for students in our region to get a quality education and become successful members of our workforce,” said Edwina Sluder, Chair of the Mayland Community College Board of Trustees.

“The Arthurs have helped transform our facility here at the Avery Learning Center,” said Dr. John Boyd, Mayland Community College President, “Their support is helping us provide state-of-the-art learning opportunities for our students and has helped us leverage additional contributions. Thanks to the Arthurs, Mayland has been able to transform this facility to meet the needs of more students in a growing industry.”

A new feature in the Arthur Welding Lab is a welding simulator, purchased with support from a grant from the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation. Attendees at the ribbon-cutting enjoyed trying out the simulator, guided by welding instructor Jason Lonon.

Glenn and Carol Arthur have long been ardent and generous supporters of education, the arts, and needy children. Their contributions have shaped opportunities for all these in our region and elsewhere.

The Arthurs initially became connected to Mayland Community College through the needs of students from The Crossnore School. They developed an endowed scholarship specifically to support Crossnore Academy graduates.

“We hope that success at a two-year institution will prepare and motivate these students for additional education,” said Carol Arthur.

More recently, the Arthurs have shown their support of Mayland through generous contributions to renovations at the Green Building at the Avery Learning Center and at the Anspach Advanced Manufacturing School at the Yancey Learning Center. They understand that while education is a critical constant for personal success, a range of educational opportunities are necessary to meet the needs of a varied population of learners. For their generosity and contributions, the Arthurs received a Founder’s Award at Mayland’s Founder’s Day, held on June 19.

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