BOONEVILLE • Officials at Northeast Mississippi Community College have set a date and time for the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the Northeast at Ripley facility. It will take place Wednesday, May 19 at 10 a.m.

Located on a 10.5 acre site on Hwy. 15 (across from Farrow-Ward Ford and between Martin Street and Parkview Drive), the 10,000 square foot building includes six classrooms and additional conference room space.

CIG Construction of Corinth served as the contractor for the project.

While the building has been in use since January, Northeast president Dr. Ricky G. Ford is happy to have it “officially” opened.

“Getting to this point has been especially challenging due to the winter weather and the pandemic,” Ford said, "but we're happy to officially open this facility and proud to provide local access to opportunities for higher education and workforce training to the people of Ripley, Tippah County and the surrounding area.”

"We are grateful to the Tippah County Board of Supervisors for its support and thankful to the people of Ripley and Tippah County for their patience. This facility will represent a partnership that will be beneficial to the college and this community."

Pryor-Morrow's Rud Robison and Charles Watson designed the facility and local companies Cook-Coggin Engineers, Scott Engineering Company, and Fowler Engineering provided structural engineering and civil engineering services.

An approximately $3 million project in Tippah County, the facility represents Northeast's "brick and mortar" presence for teaching academic coursework and providing area industry with workforce development.

“The presence of the new Northeast at Ripley facility has been eagerly anticipated by the residents of Tippah County and the surrounding area for quite some time now,” said Ben Shappley, Vice President of Satellite Campuses and director of the center.

"The facility has been well received by the community and the residents seem excited about the educational and training opportunities as well as the convenience of the local access to the many services that will be offered.”

Northeast will teach high school equivalency (GED) coursework, dual enrollment, core academic courses, and workforce development courses at the Ripley site.

Named to honor Tippah County banker and education advocate the late Bobby P. Martin, the facility will be open for guests to see following the ceremony.

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