STC President Meets with State Legislators on Medical Building Funding
January 30, 2013 - Southeastern Technical College President Dr. Cathryn Mitchell visited with state representatives in Atlanta on January 30 to discuss funding for a new medical building on the college’s Swainsboro campus.
Mitchell met with Reps. Jack Hill, Greg Morris, Butch Parrish and Tommie Williams over Southeastern Tech’s plan for the proposed building, which calls for a roughly 39,000 square foot “Health Science Center & Library” containing 11 different labs and 17 classrooms at an estimated cost of around $8.5 million.
“As of now, the Swainsboro campus only has space for two medical programs: Practical Nursing and Medical Assisting,” said Mitchell. “We need a more diverse group of programs to meet the needs of our area, and this building will do that.”
According to STC’s report, “440 students who live in the Swainsboro campus’s service delivery area have to travel to other technical colleges because the Swainsboro campus does not have space to offer needed programs.” The report estimates a new facility will create space for around 400 additional students.
“This facility will serve as an economic stimulus to the local area by producing highly skilled graduates who will stay in this area to work,” said Mitchell.
With 15,000 baby boomers turning 65 each day for the next 20 years, demand for health care workers state- and nation-wide is expected to rise dramatically. According to Southeastern Tech’s proposal, a new medical building in Swainsboro will position the college to act on this need and create better prepared and more viable students and workers.
The project is currently the Technical College System of Georgia’s number six project on the capital outlay funding request list presented to Governor Nathan Deal. If approved, the building project would continue the college’s push to expand and enhance the Swainsboro campus—the college received funding for the 2013 fiscal year to renovate the campus’s 50-year-old main academic building.
Mitchell plans to meet with more community leaders to rally support and several local organizations and individuals have already lent their voices to the proposal.