For Immediate Release - Southwest Tennessee Community College

Date: August 3, 2010

Here We Grow Again Southwest to Break Ground on Nursing, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology Building

Southwest Tennessee Community College is ready to break ground on phase one of the new Nursing, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology Building on the Union Avenue Campus. The event will be on August 12 at 10 a.m. at 675 Union Avenue (formerly International Auto Sales).

The approximately $16.75 million proposed three-story facility designed by Fleming Associates Architectural Firm includes a teaching auditorium with 250 seats, four lecture rooms, a computer/tutorial lab for 100 students, four nursing skills labs, a biotechnology lab with prep room, an office suite for faculty and staff, and access on all three levels to the future Natural Science wing. Upon completion, the new building will accommodate 400 nursing students, a 45 percent increase.

Normally, buildings are funded through appropriations from the state, but because of the looming nursing shortage, the Southwest Foundation kicked off a major giving campaign in 2005 with a $10 million goal for phase one. In late fall of 2009, the goal was achieved through cash, pledges, grants and federal and state appropriations.

"Every gift counted in this campaign," says Karen Nippert, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. "From the million dollar gifts to the employee who gave every payday, we want to say thank you! Your gift made a difference. This building will make a positive impact on our students and our community."

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Photo Caption: Architect's conceptual drawing of Southwest's new Nursing, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology Building to be constructed on the Union Avenue Campus.

For more information contact: Robert G. Miller, (901) 333-4368, rgmiller1@southwest.tn.edu, Farris Bldg., Room 1002, 5983 Macon Cove, Memphis, TN 38134