Furniture academy continues to grow in Catawba County

On May 20, it became official — Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) closed on the building in Newton that will become the new home for the CVCC Furniture Academy.

The program is going from 6,000 square feet to 38,000 square feet at the facility on Locust Street in Newton.

The new building cost was $875,000 with the majority of that money coming from the Catawba County Commission. The building is 10 years old but to build something similar today would cost the college $5.5 million, CVCC Vice President of Finance Wes Bunch said.