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Walters State Community College moves forward with expansion

Walters State moves forward with expansion

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - Walters State Community College has another piece in place for its expansion on the Greeneville campus.

Construction crews put the final steel bean on the new building on Thursday afternoon.

Drucilla Miller, the campus dean, told us the new building will allow them to boost enrollment by about 500 students. They've reached their maximum current enrollment numbers. 

"We've got approximately 1,000 students enrolled here in the Greeneville campus and in the fall we had 1,100 students," she said. "We've got a nice population of students here."

Student Julie Johnson told us she sees the high numbers in her classes.

"They're very full," said Johnson. "They're full almost every semester."

Johnson told us she's looking forward to starting her nursing degree next fall. She said she's excited for the opportunities the new building will bring.

"I think they're going to have a cadaver lab so that's really interesting as a nursing student to get to experience that," said Johnson.

Miller told us they will also be able to bring the physical therapy and theater arts programs to the Greeneville campus, and expand existing programs.

"We'll be expanding the police academy to about 60 cadets that will be housed here in this facility," said Miller.

Miller said expanding these programs will also add faculty and staff jobs.

Student Kaylee Proffitt graduates this year but she said these programs will bring future students more opportunities.

"I think it's going to grow," said Proffitt. "More people are going to take those classes and jump into something new like physical therapy."

The new building will be 104,000 square feet, doubling the square footage of the campus. Miller said there is still a lot of work that needs to be done on the facility.

"The footing and the concrete and everything will be laid and once that's done the mortar and the bricks will be finished," she said. "Of course last will be the inside finishing."

Miller said they plan to have the construction finished by Spring 2015.

We're told the told the project will cost the college $20 million. A $9 million state grant has covered almost half the cost.

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