Covering Butler County: LBW Greenville Campus Expanding

WSFA 12 News has big news to report from Butler County.

Pretty soon, two schools in the state will train paramedics who want to become registered nurses.  Lurleen Wallace Community College's campus in Greenville is expanding to accommodate the new program. The ribbon cutting took place Monday afternoon, and the new technology center at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College is now open.

The school plans to admit 18 paramedics from all over the state for the January term, and it eventually hopes to admit up to 40 a year in a couple of years. However, that  is not the only program the new building will contain. Dr. Ed Meadows is the President of L.B.W. He tells WSFA 12 News, "It also provides mechanical and architectural drafting. It provides computer science, accounting and business courses. It houses the Butler County Economic Development Commission which is the economic development arm for Butler County and Greenville."

Administrators hope the new registered nurse program at Wallace Community College will help solve the nursing shortage in the state.

The other school that offers a similar nursing program is in Opelika.

Reporter: Eileen Jones