Claiborne County officials and Walters State Community College administrators gathered recently to officially transfer the college’s Claiborne County Campus to the Walters State Foundation.
“We are very grateful to the Claiborne County Industrial Board, who purchased this facility several years ago with plans to convert it to a permanent Walters State Claiborne County Campus,” said Dr. Wade B. McCamey, president of Walters State Community College.
“Working on this project has been very rewarding, as this community is committed to providing more educational opportunities to residents,” McCamey also said.
The Claiborne County Industrial Board also funded some of the needed construction to convert the former high school to a college campus. Now, the Walters State Foundation has reimbursed the board through funds obtained through a low-interest grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“By purchasing the building from the industrial board, those funds can now be used again for the needs of the industrial recruiting needs of the board or other needs,” said Dr. Mark Hurst, vice president for college advancement and treasurer of the Walters State Foundation.
The campus now has over 10,000 square feet with more room available for expansion. Plans call for more expansion, with a video streaming room added over the summer. This will enable students at the Claiborne County Campus to attend classes offered on other campuses.
“On behalf of the faculty and students, I want to thank everyone for their continued support. We have flexibility to accept more students and can offer those students the latest technology. We also have more room for noncredit courses,” said Kim Bolton, dean of the Claiborne County Campus and associate professor of biology.
Community members are welcome to visit the campus. Registration for fall semester is now under way, with classes starting Aug. 24.
Over 6,200 credit and 4,000 non-credit students attend Walters State. The college has campuses in Morristown, Greeneville, Sevierville and Tazewell. It offers over 100 associate degrees and technical certificates. Visit Walters State’s website at ws.edu.
Tennessee’s Community Colleges is a system of 13 colleges offering a high-quality, affordable, convenient and personal education to prepare students to achieve their educational and career goals in two years or less. We offer associates degrees and certificate programs, workforce development programs and transfer pathways to four-year degrees. For more information, please visit us online at tncommunitycolleges.org.