March 25, 2003

CONTACT: Marilyn Duncan, (901) 333-4247 Kimberly Stark, (901) 333-4023


Dr. Nathan Essex, president of Southwest Tennessee Community College, will address the March 31 meeting of the Somerville Rotary Club at 12:30 p.m., at Somerville Bank and Trust, 16790 Hwy 64.

Dr. Essex will give an overview of the open-access, public, comprehensive two-year college and will talk about its past, present and future relationship with Fayette County.

Southwest classes currently are held at three locations in the Somerville and Arlington service area: at Fayette County Career Center (in Somerville on the Square), Fayette Ware Comprehensive High School and Arlington Developmental Center.

At the Career Center, Southwest offers such courses as Introduction to Emergency Medical Technology (EMT), Fire Service Instructional Methodology, and Introduction to Careers in Information Technology. At Fayette Ware, students can take Principles of Early Childhood Education, Introduction to Biology, and Microsoft Word. The Arlington Developmental Center offers Developmental Study Skills classes.

To accomplish one of its goals to make higher education accessible to every citizen of the community, the College has two main campuses and nearly a dozen centers and off-campus class sites throughout Shelby and Fayette counties. Southwest has nearly 12,000 students, 256 full-time and 425 part-time faculty; and offers more than 100 majors/concentrations and 22 certificate programs in Business, Career Studies and Technologies; Liberal Studies and Education, and Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Health Sciences.