A local college is getting more than $34 million this year to fund an expansion project that will bring new nursing programs to its Clarksville campus.
Gov. Bill Lee included the funds in his 2022-2023 budget. They will benefit Nashville State Community College’s Clarksville campus, 1760 Wilma Rudolph Blvd.
“The college appreciates the support of the governor and all of our champions in Clarksville and Montgomery County,” Nashville State President Dr. Shanna L. Jackson said in a release. “If the legislature funds this project, it will make a tremendous impact by expanding access, allowing for increased coordination among several major local institutions, be a workforce solution driver, and provide career training opportunities for residents that do not currently exist.”
Campus:Nashville State’s Clarksville campus to add nursing in $35 million expansion
Tom Hayden, associate vice president of the office of communications and marketing, told The Leaf-Chronicle the college will provide $1.42 million for the expansion, bringing the total project cost up to more than $35 million.
“Nashville State will continue seeking support from the communities we serve,” Hayden said.
The proposed project will include the renovation of existing facilities while building new facilities to house academic programs that officials hope will keep the college in line with job demands in Tennessee.
One of the major focuses of the project is the addition of new academic programming offering associate degrees for nursing, License Practical Nurse (LPN), computer programming and industrial process control, according to Ellen Zink, director of communications and marketing at the college (NSCC ).
The Clarksville campus first opened in 2012 with 257 students before growing to more than 900 by 2017.
Enrollment is expected rise as NSCC continues adding academic programs to meet the demands of today’s workforce.
The expansion will allow for the addition of new academic programs, like Nursing ASN, Licensed Practical Nurse, Secondary Education AST, Computer Programming AAS, Industrial Process Control AAS, and workforce training.
Expanded resources to support student success, such as a dedicated veterans’ lounge, welcome center, new bookstore, Campus Cupboard food pantry, testing space for industry certifications, ADA testing center, library and study area and tutoring support rooms.
Nashville State’s ability to offer Licensed Practical Nursing would free up much-needed space at the TCAT.
A community-based center for higher education would strengthen partnerships with Clarksville Montgomery County School System, Fort Campbell, Austin Peay State University, Tennessee College of Applied Technology and workforce programs.
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