For Immediate Release
November 12, 2009
Midway, Ky.—Midway College President Dr. William B. Drake, Jr. and James J. O'Brien, chairman of the board of trustees, today announced two significant projects that will soon be underway on campus that will help chart the future growth of the College and demonstrates the College’s commitment to the region.
The first announcement was the construction of a new state-of-the-art learning resource center to replace the Starks Building which has served the College since 1925. This new construction project is estimated to begin December 2009 and be completed and ready for use by Fall 2010.
“It’s an exciting time to be actively involved with such an outstanding institution of higher learning,” said O’Brien. “Midway College has become a significant solution for those seeking higher education and has helped solve workforce challenges in Kentucky. Now, more than ever, education is a priority and focus for not only young adults but working men and women as they seek opportunities to expand their skills and make themselves more marketable in this economy. The board of trustees and I are proud to announce the construction of a new state-of-the-art facility to help the College meet and exceed its educational goals.”
“This new learning resource center will allow us to have the best technology and much improved space for serving our existing student body and our future students,” said O’Brien. “Our College has experienced phenomenal growth over the past five years and currently serves 1,800 students. With increased program offerings, our new master’s level degrees and our online college, we have plans to reach enrollment of 2,000 by the end of 2010 and continue to significantly grow our enrollment in the next few years and beyond.”
The $5 million project will double the academic capacity of Midway College and will provide an enhanced learning environment for each of the four pillar programs of nursing, teacher education, equine studies and business:
Some of the amenities of the new classroom building include:
• 4 conference rooms, 5 academic suites, 48 faculty offices and student lounge
• Classrooms with smart board technology
• State-of-the-art facilities for Midway College Online programs
• The College’s first dedicated equine laboratory
• Classroom space for accommodating up to 80 nursing students which will help grow the nursing program
• A teacher education resource center
• Executive-style classrooms designed for our MBA and business students
To date, the fundraising campaign has secured $3.3 million of the $5 million goal.
O’Brien added that “even though many colleges or universities might be slowing down or holding back on major capital projects during these economically uncertain times, that was not something the Midway College board of trustees or staff wanted or was willing to do. We realize that to continue serving the vital needs of our students, now is absolutely the right time to grow. The demand for higher education is on the rise and we plan to help fill the need. Midway College was built on the principle of helping the underserved and that has not changed since 1847.”
He also noted that the footprint of the building will assume the space of the existing Starks Building and will not impact the layout of the college’s campus, which was planned by the renowned landscape architectural firm, the Olmsted Brothers, in the 1920s.
President Drake made the second major announcement of the day stating that the College has recently finalized an agreement with Christian Care Communities, Kentucky’s largest faith-based provider of senior housing and long-term care services, for an option to purchase sufficient land for developing a “Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)” adjacent to Midway College’s campus in Midway, Kentucky.
“Midway College is pleased to have developed a collaborative agreement with the Christian Care Communities. With a healthcare facility like this adjacent to our campus it will allow students the opportunity to gain real world nursing experience as part of the curriculum,” said Drake.
Dr. Keith Knapp, CEO of Christian Care Communities noted that this project could become Kentucky’s first “Lifelong Learning Retirement Community” co-locating a CCRC with a college or university. “It is an approach to senior living that has been demonstrated effectively elsewhere and that honors people’s desire to remain engaged in life.”
“Our community has been working for some time on the retirement community issue,” said Midway Mayor Tom Bozarth. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the College’s support of this project. It is a win-win for the College and the community.”
When asked why Midway and why Midway College, Drake responded, “If you’ve ever driven to Midway you know the feeling that you get from that scenic drive. There is nothing better for your mind and soul and for that alone Midway makes perfect sense for this type of project. More importantly, to have this kind of facility nearby will allow our College’s nursing and health care program students to gain valuable experience by interacting with the senior residents. We feel it will give our students the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom in a setting that is considered at the forefront of innovation in the field of elder care.”
Drake said more specific details on the Christian Care Communities project will be available in the coming weeks or months.
“To make two major announcements in one day that serves our students and demonstrates our commitment to the community and region is exciting,” said Drake. “Midway College is working hard to be an educational leader and innovator. I’m proud to say that this is not the end of the story either. In the next few weeks look for another announcement from our College that will dramatically change the landscape of higher educational opportunities in Kentucky.”
About Midway College
Midway College, a multi-dimensional Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree granting institution, was founded in 1847 as the first school in the United States to serve orphaned and disadvantaged students. Over the years Midway College has expanded its mission to serve students through its women’s college, school for career development, online college, and graduate school.
In May 2009 the College graduated its largest class in the school’s history, with more than 350 graduates. Midway College is currently ranked 13th out of the 32 public and private institutions in Kentucky as a provider of baccalaureate degrees. The College has a full-time faculty of 62 and an enrollment of 1,800 students. Accelerated degrees are offered in business, computer information systems, health care administration, homeland security, human resource mange, nursing, sport management and teacher education. The graduate school offers an accelerated 20 month MBA program. Midway College currently offers these courses at 14 locations throughout Kentucky and online. Midway College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
For more information on Midway College, go to www.midway.edu.
Midway College Media Contact:
Ellen Gregory, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Midway College