Building new space will allow the college to provide additional opportunities for residents of Greene and surrounding counties to earn college degrees and certificates. The college's current programs in nursing, respiratory care and the police academy are at their maximum enrollment due to space limitations. The only way to grow programs and add new ones is to create new labs and classroom space. Below are programs that will be added or expanded at the Greeneville/Greene County Campus as a result of the new space.
Walters State is proposing a new Associate of Applied Science Degree in Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA). There are only two OTA programs in the state, none of which are located in the WSCC service area, and the closest program is located 100 miles from the college. There is a projected national increase in occupational therapist assistant jobs of over 30% by 2018, based on 2009 data as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. OTAs generally work in rehabilitation, home health, long-term care, and educational settings.
Walters State is planning to expand its current Associate of Applied Science degree program in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) to the Greeneville/Greene County Campus. There are no PTA programs in Tennessee east of Morristown. There is a projected state increase in physical therapist assistant jobs of over 30% by 2018, based on 2009 data as reported in Allied Health in Tennessee: A Supply and Demand Study 2010 (MTSU Center for Health and Human Services). The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a national increase of 35%. PTAs generally work in rehabilitation, home health, long-term care, acute care, and educational settings. This program and the proposed new OTA program will complement each other and act as an attractor for students.
The addition of new allied health degree programs and an embedded certificate in allied health support the Tennessee Board of Regents 2010-2015 strategic plan, Charting the Course. This embedded certificate in allied health will support each of the four allied health programs that will reside on the Greeneville/Greene County campus: occupational therapist assistant; physical therapist assistant; nursing, and respiratory care.
The expansion of the Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science to the Greeneville/Greene County Campus will allow this program to run in a cohort format much like the college's police academy. Expansion of the Fire Science program to Greeneville is in direct response to regional requests. Nationwide the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 18% increase in the employment of firefighting and prevention workers by the year 2018. Firefighting and prevention workers are expected to fill a number of employment positions. They generally work in governmental agencies or private agencies under contract with local, state or federal governments. The addition of this program will complement the current police academy.
Through the campus enhancement plan, more cadets will be trained at the Walters State Regional Law Enforcement Academy. Currently, academy enrollment is space limited. The Walters State Regional Law Enforcement Academy has more applications for students and current employees of agencies to attend each academy than the college is able to serve. By expanding the amount of space dedicated to the cohort-based academy, the college will be able to train 50% more POST-certified officers for the state.