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For the past 25 years, the Rankin Education Center has been home to Carolinas College. However, the college will soon make its new home in the Water Ridge Office Park off Tyvola Road, located at 2110 Water Ridge Parkway in Charlotte. The move is currently scheduled for December and will coincide with the start of the spring semester.

The additional space will allow for more classrooms and conference rooms, a science lab and more quiet study spaces. "We'll be able to add programs and classes and grow for the future," says T. Hampton Hopkins, EdD, president of Carolinas College. The new site has existing classrooms and other usable space requiring minimal construction.

The college is relocating to make room for the expansion of hospital services on the Carolinas Medical Center campus. Students will continue to have access to student housing located near the CMC campus, will continue to have parking on the CMC campus in the MMP Deck and will continue to rotate through clinical experiences at CMC and other hospitals in the same way they currently do.

"We are a workforce development engine for Atrium Health," says Hopkins. "That is our purpose, and part of that is our responsibility to support Carolinas Medical Center and the system. Relocating the college is a continuation of that same support."