NCI opens courthouse office

September 7, 2010

The New College Institute is giving new life to some old space.

NCI has a new office in the former Henry County courthouse in uptown Martinsville. The college hopes it will provide a central place for people to get information about NCI.

NCI is renting about 1,200 square feet of space, and two student recruiters and a part-time receptionist will work there, NCI Executive Director Barry Dorsey said.

An open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, and tours will be given. The public is invited.

The receptionist in the new office will meet and greet people seeking information about NCI, Dorsey said. That person will provide general information about NCI and its programs and activities, such as its 15 degree and eight certificate programs, the institutes that NCI partners with, its lecture series, and NCI’s outreach activities, according to Dorsey.

The student recruiters will talk to those interested in NCI programs and will be out in the region a great deal, attending everything from the annual peach festival to transfer days at community colleges, Dorsey said.

He said NCI is pleased to be the first tenant in the renovated former courthouse and is pleased to have space in an iconic building that everybody recognizes.

NCI is renting the space for $700 a month, which is built into the operating budget, Dorsey said.

Thursday’s open house will be in conjunction with Martinsville Uptown Revitalization Association’s lunch on the courthouse lawn, which will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday. According to a flier for that event, uptown restaurants Uptown Southern Bistro and Daily Grind Cafe will prepare lunches available for sale. Amanda Joyce will perform music.

For more information, call MURA at 632-5688 or e-mail


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