Walters State's primary mission in Greene and the other counties it serves is to offer affordable university transfer and workforce-training programs that meet the specific educational and economic development needs of the community. With the percentage of individuals living in Greene County who have a college degree well below the state and national averages (see table below), increasing the number of citizens holding post-secondary degrees is essential to ensuring future prosperity for this community. To fulfill this mission in Greeneville and Greene County, the college has developed an enhancement plan for Walters State's Greeneville/Greene County Campus. The plan includes improving current facilities and building new space so the college can develop and expand workforce training and educational programs to meet local economic demands.
The Greeneville/Greene County Enhancement Plan will allow the college to expand and add new programs, such as occupational therapist assistant, that meet local workforce needs.
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WSCC Greeneville/Greene County Campus Enhancement
Challenges of Transforming a Hospital into a Higher Education Facility
- The Walters State Greeneville/Greene County Campus relocated from the Greeneville/Greene County Vocational School to the vacant Laughlin Memorial Hospital building on 215 College Street in 1995. Since that time, the college has attempted to make improvements to the building in an effort to transform it from a hospital into a higher education facility. However, due to capacity constraints and structural limitations of the current facility, the college has been unable to meet the request of Greeneville and Greene County to develop new healthcare and public safety programs and expand current academic offerings.
- College Awarded Grant Funds to Reduce Capacity Constraints
- In December 2010, Walters State learned that the grant proposal it had submitted to the state of Tennessee for capital funds to improve the Greeneville campus had been approved. Walters State was awarded $9 million in state funds toward the college's $20 million Greeneville/Greene County Campus Enhancement plan.
Building New Space Will Provide More Workforce Training,
- Walters State's campus enhancement plan includes building new space at the Greeneville/Greene County Campus that will allow the college to provide additional opportunities for residents of Greene and surrounding counties to earn college degrees and certificates. Several of the college's current programs are at their maximum enrollment due to space limitations. The only way to grow programs and add new ones is to create new labs, classrooms and student support areas. The following programs will be added or expanded at the Greeneville/Greene County Campus as a result of the new space: occupational therapist assistant; physical therapist assistant; pre-allied health embedded certificate; fire science; regional law enforcement academy; and art.
With the percentage of individuals living in Greene County who have a college degree well below the state and national averages (see table below), increasing the number of citizens holding post-secondary degrees is essential to ensuring future prosperity for this community.