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Health Sciences & Public Safety Center

Health Sciences & Public Safety Center

View of proposed new building

An Investment in Workforce Development

In March 2022, the MTCC Board of Trustees approved a new Facilities Master Plan for the college.  The top future priorities included future capital investments to:

  • Enhance health sciences and public safety training facilities to promote quality and facilitate expansion.

  • Provide a standalone building for McDowell Early College and the McDowell Academy for Innovation; and

  • Provide a large multi-purpose space that could serve as a gymnasium for instructional courses and public safety training, and gathering spaces for large events (e.g. Fire College) that help drive regional economic development and generate local tourism dollars.

In May 2022, the Board of Trustees approved an architect to begin the pre-design process for a new Health Sciences & Public Safety Building.  Creation of this new building, as seen in the designs below, would allow our health sciences and public safety programs to consolidate into one state-of-the-art facility. This would open up room for both early colleges to have separate spaces on the main campus.

Impact on our Community

The addition of this state-of-the-art facility would positively impact our community in a number of ways.

Needed Enhancements

Necessary upgrades to training facilities for:

  • Fire & Rescue training

  • EMS training

  • Basic Law Enforcement Training

Nursing Expansion

  • 90 nursing students trained annually

  • 250+ additional nurses trained over the next decade

  • $55,286 average annual wage of a nursing graduate

911 Training Program

  • New 911 Communications & Operations Technology program

MTCC and our training programs have a significant economic impact on our community and region.

1st Floor plan
1st Floor plan
1st Floor plan

Total Investment Needed

New & Upgraded Facilities Plans  
Health Sciences & Public Safety Building: $22,000,000
Three-Story Burn Building & Training Tower: $2,000,000
500 x 500 Driving Pad: $3,000,000
State Capital Infrastructure Funds Available ($772,931)
Public Safety Training Enhancement Appropriation ($1,000,000)
Total Investment Needed: $25,227,069

If funded, the upgraded health sciences and public safety facilities would allow the two early colleges (McDowell Early College and the McDowell Academy for Innovation) to be relocated on MTCC’s campus into separate buildings.

MTCC is dedicated to providing comprehensive educational opportunities and services which fulfill the personal development, training, and employment needs of McDowell County and the surrounding area. The College achieves its mission by offering education and training through a wide variety of technical and vocational programs, college transfer, and continuing education programs in such categories as basic skills, occupational extension and community services/self-supporting. MTCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees and also awards diplomas and certificates.