Investment in Allied Health Building Expansion Slated to Create and Save Hundreds of Jobs
SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has been awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to help construct, renovate and expand the Allied Health building on the North Campus in Salisbury.
The funding comes from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and will help the college meet the urgent local demand for well-trained health care workers.
“We are thrilled to receive this funding from the Economic Development Administration,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, President. “This additional space will allow us to work toward expanding some of our current healthcare programs and developing additional programs – ultimately allowing us to better meet local job demand.”
The U.S. Department of Commerce anticipates that this investment will create more than 100 new jobs. In addition to job creation, they predict over $45 million in private investment leveraged.
Additional programs under consideration include Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), and Dental Hygiene.
“This is great news for both Rowan and Cabarrus counties, this wonderful institution and our entire area as a whole,” said Representative Larry Kissell (NC-08). “This funding will bring good jobs, both in the construction and additional operation of the facility, as well as help stimulate our local economy through private investment and expansion of this beautiful campus. Our students deserve the best access to education they can get to help prepare them for life and their careers. This smart investment will improve the training of health care workers and help us meet the growing demand for care for everyone, from our children to our seniors. I’m so proud to announce this assistance in funding this much-welcomed project.”
This grant will ensure that the college will be able to add a minimum of an additional 7,000 square feet to the previously planned 20,000 square foot addition to the Allied Health building.
While the architectural plans for this addition are still being developed, the estimated cost of construction is $7,037,627. $2 million of that will come from the EDA, and the remainder comes from the Rowan County bond referendum that passed last November.
As a result of this project, Rowan-Regional Medical Center stated that approximately 50 new jobs would be created by adding new individuals to the local healthcare workforce and 60 jobs would be saved through retaining current employees. Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast stated that, as a result of this project, approximately 55 new jobs would be created by adding new individuals to the local healthcare workforce and 10 jobs would be saved through retaining current employees.
In addition to the local hospitals, Centralia Economic Development Commission also supported the project, stating that “enhancing workforce development and education programs, providing quality of life for retaining young professionals and employees is critical to attracting high technology companies and creating infrastructure to meet the needs of growing industries and populations.”