Thomaston-based Community Enterprises, Inc., recently made a $5,000 donation to the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation to support the start of an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program on the Flint River Campus. According to Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, President of Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC), there is a strong need to start an ASN program on the Thomaston Campus to support Upson Regional Medical Center and other jobs for nurses.
Dr. Thomas stated, “Southern Crescent Technical College is committed to building strong communities and we understand that building strong communities requires establishing strong partnerships. Community Enterprises, Inc., continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to partnerships that build the Thomaston community. The College and the Foundation are grateful to Mr. Neil Hightower, Mr. George Hightower, and Mr. Bill Hightower for this commitment to the College.”
Upon completion of the program and proper state credentialing, the ASN degree allows students to become Registered Nurses. Currently SCTC offers a Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program on the Flint River Campus. The addition of the RN program will provide students in the area with expanded career opportunities.
The scope of the project for the Registered Nursing program will include renovating classroom and lab space, purchasing equipment, and hiring additional instructors. The estimated cost of starting the ASN program is $1,601,578. Once the program is established, it is projected that the program should sustain itself in three years. In addition to the donation from Community Enterprises, Inc., Quad Graphics has pledged a donation of $10,000, and the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation has committed $500,000 for the Registered Nursing program.
The Thomaston program will be an extension of the ASN program that exists on the Griffin Campus. Eventually, the Griffin program will move to the new Henry County building when that building is complete. The Flint River Campus program could begin as early as Fall 2019. Plans are in place to refurbish the testing lab, the old Academic Affairs complex, and classrooms in Building A for the nursing program. The refurbished area will include lecture classrooms, a computer lab, and a simulation lab as well as several faculty offices, workspaces, and storage to support this program. Each space will be large enough for the instruction of a nursing cohort of 30 students.