December 21, 2005
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SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND MEDTRONIC EMBARK ON
New building will rise in Biotech Corridor
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Dec. 21, 2005 – Southwest Tennessee Community
College announced yesterday that Medtronic Sofamor Danek, the global
leader in spinal technology, has donated $1 million towards the
expansion of the school’s nursing, science and biotechnology technician
programs. The donation will be paid out over three years.
The new building will be three stories high with two wings, one for
nursing and one for natural sciences and biotechnology. It will include
a 200 seat auditorium and feature more than 20 classrooms and a dozen
science labs. The nursing wing will resemble a working hospital to
improve students’ clinical and practical experiences.
Nathan Essex, Ph.D., President of Southwest made the announcement with
Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Charles Manning and Medtronic
President Pete Wehrly.
“There is a need in this community for more nurses and people that can
fill the biotechnology positions that are being created in this
community,” said Essex. “Medtronic is the perfect partner to help us
reach our goal of offering more students greater opportunities through
our training,” he said.
Medtronic Sofamor Danek is the global leader in developing spinal
products and therapies for treatment of spinal disorders. The company
employs 1300 people in Memphis.
“We are extremely excited about this partnership,” said Pete Wehrly,
President of Medtronic Sofamor Danek. “We believe strongly that an
educated workforce is important to improving our community. It is the
right thing to do. We will be helping increase the number of new nurses
that enter our community each year and we'll be increasing the number of
biotech technician degrees the school awards each year.”