LBW on the grow

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 14, 2007

Dr. James Krudop, director of the Greenville campus of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, spoke to the Greenville Kiwanis Club on Tuesday.

While the majority of his speech dealt with education, Krudop began by talking about his family’s Greenville roots.

When he began discussing education, Krudop started by mentioning Dr. Jean Thompson’s decision to stay at the college another year.

&uot;Jean Thompson is a huge asset to the college, and a wonderful inspiration,&uot; Krudop said. &uot;Dr. Michael Daniel also meant much to this institution, but his untimely death was most unfortunate.&uot;

Krudop reported that the college’s new facility is almost ready to be occupied.

&uot;We’re very excited over the conference center facility,&uot; he said. &uot;It will be able to accommodate both large and small groups to adjust to the need of the community.&uot;

&uot;We’re also extremely excited that the Butler County Commission of Economic Development will be there,&uot; Krudop said.

Krudop also touched on the dual enrollment program offered by the college.

&uot;It allows students to go to high school and get a course needed for graduation that also counts toward a college degree,&uot; Krudop said.

&uot;LBW is also the best deal in town,&uot; he said. &uot;Students can stay close to home to save money.&uot;

&uot;The primary reason people come to LBW is the local access, followed by the savings,&uot; Krudop continued. &uot;It’s important for us to give as many opportunities as possible.&uot;

Krudop talked about the planned RN program for the college, in addition to the establishment of a chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society on campus.

Later in the year, LBWCC will be holding the second annual Camellia City Classic to raise money for scholarships.

&uot;You can never have enough scholarships,&uot; Krudop said.

&uot;It takes a little help for students to go.&uot;

&uot;We’re growing - student activities are growing, faculty is growing, and we have growing facilities,&uot; Krudop said.

In closing, Krudop talked about how much the college and the city depend on each other.

&uot;What’s good for Greenville is good for LBW, and what’s good for LBW is good for Greenville,&uot; Krudop said.