Invest in the Future
Southwest has undertaken the largest fund-raising effort in its history -- a $20 million Major Gifts Campaign, Southwest & You, Investing in the Future. This campaign will raise funds for four initiatives which will not be funded by traditional sources:
Nursing, Natural Sciences, and Biotechnology Expansion -- $16.75 million goal
Southwest has outgrown its 8,495 square-foot-nursing facility and must turn away a significant number of students every semester. A new facility would house an expanded nursing program, as well as new classrooms and laboratories for the Natural Sciences courses which form the foundation of the nursing curriculum. The facility would also be home to the state's first Associate of Applied Science degree program, training Biotechnology Technicians to assist researchers in the rapidly expanding biomedical and bioscience research and production fields.
The building will be a three-story structure designed around an open atrium, with a Natural Sciences and Biotechnology wing on the west side and the Nursing wing on the east.
Scholarship Endowment -- $1 million goal
In response to rising tuition and fees, the Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation is seeking funds to increase the number of scholarships awarded. Scholarships are needed to assist our typical student – on average, a 27-year-old who is attending part-time and must balance school with other demands such as work and family.
Enhanced Technology -- $1 million goal
New instructional technologies have the power to transform the traditional classroom and expand access to education. Technological enhancements are essential to maintain the effectiveness and relevance of Southwest's program offerings. Improvements will also enhance student-teacher interaction through such tools as interactive video, collaboration tools and course management systems.
Endowed Fund for Professional Development -- $1 million goal
Funds from this initiative will ensure that Southwest faculty and staff are aware of developments in their fields, as well as innovative approaches to instruction. Special emphasis will be placed on development opportunities that promote critical thinking, problem solving, leadership development, collaborative learning and team building.