Miller Gives Details
On Usage, Parking
And College's Role
At Expanded Site
BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
The progress of a new structure at the Walters State Community College (WSCC) expansion site seems to be stirring hope and excitement in the community, in the view of Dr. Drucilla Miller, dean of WSCC's Greeneville-Greene County campus.
Miller said Monday that is what she experiences seeing the steel beams along North Main Street forming the structure of what will be the college's expanded police academy.
Miller was the speaker during Monday's meeting of the Greene County Republican Women's Club.
"It seemed like, overnight, when that first steel post went in the ground -- then it started popping," Miller said. "It's exciting; it creates energy.
"I hope it creates energy for you, because this is the hub. Downtown Greeneville is the hub of Greene County."
TARGET DATE IS FALL 2014
The dean of the Greeneville campus said she is still anticipating a completion date of Fall 2014.
Currently, the Greeneville campus serves 1,100 of WSCC's 6,000 total student body, Miller said.
The facility expansion will bring more students, along with more programs, faculty and staff, she added.
A NEW THEATER
The expansion will include adding applied health programs, extending the college's police academy, and building a theater to improve the arts program in order to serve the Niswonger Performing Arts Center and band programs in the county.
Such additions came after extended discussions with community leaders, she said.
"We are so proud that we are here, offering that education, to our students, and to you, Greeneville [and] Greene County," Miller said.
Displaying an architectural rendering, Miller described the future layout of the coming expansion, which will wrap from College Street, along Tusculum Boulevard and to North Main Street.
The current building will remain in use, largely for general education courses, Miller said. The segment along College Street will contain remedial course classrooms and new science laboratories.
The front entrance will be at the corner of College Street and Tusculum Boulevard, with administrative offices and general education classrooms to either side of the entrance.
Along Tusculum Boulevard will be the new theater, large classrooms to hold approximately 50 students each, and the classrooms for all the allied health programs.
The building running parallel to North Main Street will contain the new police academy and a full cafeteria, which will be open to the community, Miller said.
The new campus will also feature outdoor recreation areas at the back center of the 'U'-shaped building, as well as in what is currently parking lot one.
An attendee at the women's luncheon questioned downtown parking, to which Miller said that there will be plenty available to students in the lots owned or leased by the school.
She added that students have been told to use only the college lots and said that the college is currently negotiating with officials and private individuals for additional parking.