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Waccamaw Higher Ed Center: Agreement means classes will continue in the fall

By Jackie R. Broach
Coastal Observer

Attorneys are in the process of finalizing an agreement that would allow Coastal Carolina University to maintain its presence at the Waccamaw Higher Education Center in Litchfield.

Principals in the agreement met Tuesday. It is expected to be complete within a week, said university president David DeCenzo.

While it hasn’t been said exactly what the agreement entails, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is working on its fall schedule, a sign that the university expects to remain at the facility at least through the end of the year.

DeCenzo said last month he was hoping the university would be able to lease the building for another 18 to 24 months, at a reduced rate, then purchase it.

The facility, which Coastal has leased for five years, was built to fit the university’s needs and, though the university considered relocating the lifelong learning program, all of the buildings it looked at that were within its budget would have meant a significant reduction in the number of courses that could be offered.

The higher education center has been home to several community wide events, including forums and political rallies, but up until now, the lifelong learning program has been the only steady presence there.

DeCenzo said he plans to change that, using the center more effectively to generate more income and increase outreach.

Satellite courses are among planned additions.

The university’s hope is still to find a donor or group of donors to purchase the building for the university.

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