The new Student Services Center on the Watauga Campus of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute has been open and in use for more than a year, but the general public got its first chance to see the new facility on Monday, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a “virtual tour” of the 15,000-square-foot, $5.3 million building, with help from the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce.

Two previous attempts to host an event celebrating the new building, which opened to students in January 2020, were canceled due to winter weather and the COVID-19 pandemic. But the Boone Chamber and CCC&TI worked together to stream the event live on the Chamber’s Facebook page.

Boone Area Chamber President and CEO David Jackson led a tour that highlighted several of the buildings features and included conversations with college officials. The Library, the Writing Center, the Academic Support Center, the Testing Center, the Academic Advising Center, Career Connections, Student Activities, the 3,000-square-foot Student Commons area and the outdoor seating area with a beautiful view of Grandfather Mountain, were all featured.

The tour concluded with the official ribbon cutting at the building’s entrance.

In addition to college officials and Boone Area Chamber of Commerce staff, Watauga Board of Commissioners Chairman John Welch also participated.

If you would like to see the tour, it is still available at