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April 8--  The state budget approved by the General Assembly contains money to build a new building on the Southeastern Technical College campus in Swainsboro.

According to College President, Dr. Cathy Mitchell, "It's going to be a health sciences building, $8.2 million and 40,000 square feet.  It will house a practical nursing program, a medical assisting program, a certified nurses aide program, a pharmacy tech program and we're planning to start a registered nurse program on that campus as well."

"It's really great for the Swainsboro community.  That's an older campus and we're trying to update it.  Last year we got $4.2 million to rennovate Building Two which is the largest building on that campus.  With that and building a new health science building, it's a tremendous improvement on that campus," she said.

Dr. Mitchell thanked three legislators for helping get the project funded.  Representative Butch Parrish of Swainsboro and Senators Jesse Stone of Wrightsville and Jack Hill of Reidsville made sure it was funded.

"Our legislators were very, very helpful.  They worked hard to get it added to the budget," she said.

Construction of the new building should be completed within two years, Dr. Mitchell reports.