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NCCATT Merges With Gaston College

The North Carolina Center for Applied Textile Technology (NCCATT), Belmont, N.C., has merged with Dallas, N.C.-based Gaston College as a result of legislation signed into law recently by North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley. The NCCATT campus now is called Gaston College East Campus and Textile Technology Center.

Joe Keith, Ed.D., newly named dean of East Campus and Textile Technology Center, will coordinate all curriculum and continuing education programs for the East Campus and all activities of the Textile Technology Center. He also will work with the centers director and textile industry leaders to see that state industry needs are met.

Keith brings considerable textiles experience to his new position. He earned a bachelor of textiles degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, and a master of textile science degree from the Institute of Textile Technology, now based in Raleigh, N.C. He also spent 33 years with Kingsport, Tenn.-based Eastman Chemical Co. in various positions including textile technologist in fiber manufacturing.

Gwen Perkins serves as interim director of the Textile Technology Center and oversees the the centers day-to-day operations and services including courses, research, development and product testing until a permanent director is appointed.

September 2005