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Groundbreaking for New Allied Health Building at Vol State

Submitted on July 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Allied Health programs are among the most popular at Volunteer State Community College. Those programs will be able to add more students thanks to a new Allied Health building. A groundbreaking ceremony was held today at the college. The $10 million facility will include classrooms and labs for programs including: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Ophthalmic Technology, Sleep Diagnostics Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) and Medical Laboratory Technology.

"This is a milestone in the history of the college," said Vol State President Dr. Jerry Faulkner. "The important thing is that we're going to be able to better serve our students and the community."

"This building will be state of the art, but it will also be functional and inspirational," Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Chancellor John Morgan said. "This facility will help us enhance Vol State's already strong performance in Allied Health."

The new building will have simulation labs with high-tech manikins for students to practice skills before going into a clinical setting. Several of the programs have been housed in cramped quarters on campus and two will have their first dedicated classrooms on campus. Sleep Diagnostics will have a sleep lab in the new building. The Medical Laboratory Technician program will be able to move to campus from St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, where it has been located.

"I'm very excited about why we are here today," said Allied Health Dean Elvis Brandon. "We are bulging at the seams in programs like Emergency Medical Technician. We graduated 180 EMT students this year, but we turned away twice as many applicants because we don't have the room."

The building is expected to be completed in late 2013. For more information on Allied Health programs at Vol State visit www.volstate.edu/AlliedHealth .

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Pictured: Dignitaries pounded a wooden spike into the ground to mark the occasion. Pictured left to right: Bob Thomas, TBR Regent; Warren Nichols, TBR vice chancellor for community colleges; Jerry Faulkner, Vol State president; John Morgan, TBR chancellor; Jonathan Rummel, Secretary of State, chief of staff; Representative Mike McDonald; and Elvis Brandon, Vol State dean of Allied Health.

Allied Health Building Groundbreaking Fact Sheet

-$10 million project

-Two stories and over 28,000 square feet

-Programs moving into the new building will include: Emergency Medical Technician, Ophthalmic Technology, Sleep Diagnostics Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) and Medical Laboratory Technology.

-Facilities will include state of the art labs and simulation classrooms

-Completion is expected in the fall of 2013

-Vol State has an enrollment of more than 8,000 students in the average semester

-Enrollment has grown by more than 21 percent in the last five years

-Pre Allied Health is the second most popular major on campus with 17 percent of students. EMT is the second most popular program with 13 percent of students.

-In 2011 Ophthalmic Technology and Respiratory Care graduates had a 100 percent pass rate on the national licensing exams, all on the first attempt. Both programs also had a 100 percent employment placement rate. Allied Health programs regularly have job placement rates of more than 90 percent.

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