Walters State Community College has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission in support of the college’s Greeneville/Greene County Campus enhancement project.
The ARC grant will fund the purchase of instructional equipment for academic programs that will be housed in a new building at Walters State’s downtown Greeneville campus.
“Walters State is extremely pleased to be a recipient of an Appalachian Regional Commission grant,” said Walters State president Dr. Wade B. McCamey.
“This grant supports Walters State’s efforts to develop new training programs and modern facilities that are critical to meeting the college’s and ARC’s mutual goal of strengthening the capacity of the people of Appalachia to compete in a global economy,” McCamey also said.
Walters State is providing $500,000 in matching funds, bringing the total cost of the equipment purchase to $1 million. Of this total, $500,000 will be used to purchase equipment for two allied health programs, and $500,000 will fund equipment for the WSCC Regional Law Enforcement Academy.
Equipment that will be purchased from ARC grant funds include manikins and patient care simulators for the two allied health programs and a 300 degree virtual training system and other instructional equipment for cadets enrolled in the college’s law enforcement academy.
Walters State plans to begin construction on a new instructional facility at its downtown campus in late December or January 2013. The new 84,000 square-foot facility will allow the college to develop and expand workforce training and educational programs. New programs that will be added or expanded include occupational therapist assistant, physical therapist assistant, pre-allied health embedded certificate, fire science, law enforcement and art.
The new facility will feature natural science and health labs; residential police and fire academies; general classrooms and student support areas, and a 234-seat auditorium.
Around 1,100 students are enrolled at the WSCC Greeneville campus.