Clinton Junior College is taking concrete steps toward the new athletic and academic building school officials have discussed for years.
At a time when President Elaine Copeland said the school has received the largest state and private support, Clinton is studying if there'll be enough resources to build an $11 million "dream" building.
The new building would include science labs, a music library, auditorium, gym and fitness center, Copeland said Wednesday during the Society of 1894 Luncheon on the south Rock Hill campus.
The study, interviewing people to see if they feel Clinton can raise the money, is about three-fourths complete, she said.
"Because we're a small, private institution, I say we do this for the mission, not the money," Copeland said before thanking the lunch attendees who support Clinton.
Copeland updated supporters on the status of other college projects, which include building and renovating houses with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants.
One house recently was completed, and college officials hope to add at least four new affordable houses near the college with the $400,000 grant awarded in 2005 and a $600,000 grant awarded to the school in the fall. They also plan to renovate three houses to make the area around the college more appealing.
A portion of the $600,000 grant will be used to revitalize Carroll Park near the recreation center, Copeland said.
Several lunch attendees were honored for their role in building a new library for the school and generous contributions, including Clinton alumnus Bishop George Battle, who told of the $50 and paper bag he brought to Clinton as a student.
He's since helped Clinton finance the library and wants to see the athletic and academic building built as well.
"I'm committed, dedicated and going to help you build the building," Battle said. "I'll always be in debt to Clinton Junior College, and I hope one day to retire in Rock Hill."