The U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded a $2 million grant to Jackson County to help build a new workforce training facility at Southwestern Community College in Sylva. The project is expected to create 236 jobs, retain 127 jobs, and generate $1.25 million in private investment.
The planned Health Sciences Occupation Building will provide a home for programs leading to health care employment opportunities in the area and will also house a clinic for students to gain hands-on experience.
"In the first year following completion, the new health sciences facility will give 144 additional students the opportunity to enroll in one of our 14 health care programs," said Southwestern President Don Tomas. "Nearly 90 percent of our graduates remain in western North Carolina, providing the region with well-trained health care professionals while stimulating the local economy through higher salaries."
Construction is scheduled to begin this year and will be completed by 2021.