Groundbreaking Held for New Higher Education Facility in Robertson County

Submitted on March 01, 2010 at 9:28 AM

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Saturday, February 27 for the new Robertson County-Springfield Learning Center. Dozens of people turned out to witness the event. The facility will offer classes and programs from Volunteer State Community College and Austin Peay State University. Vol State will manage the facility with an on-site director and staff.

It's a unique educational partnership that marks years of planning and development. Robertson County, the City of Springfield, and NorthCrest Medical Center worked together to provide funding for the center. Residents approved the funding in a referendum vote. Land owners Billy and Jean Batson donated the property for the site. The 25,000 square foot facility will be two stories tall and feature classrooms, labs, offices, a library and bookstore. Completion of the building is expected in the summer of 2011. Community leaders are currently leading a process to name the new building and raise more funds to help support the facility.

Pictured left to right: Billy and Jean Batson, NorthCrest Medical Center President and CEO Scott Raynes, Austin Peay State University Provost Dr. Tristan Denley Springfield Mayor Billy Carneal, Robertson County Mayor Howard Bradley, and Volunteer State Community College President Dr. Warren Nichols.


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