One local college's expansion means more jobs and more money for the Valley.
Mary Baldwin College will build a new campus in Fishersville for its new Health Sciences Graduate program.
The building is slated to be finished by June 2014 and work has yet to get started at the site.
Plenty of work is already underway to prepare for the opening and that means expansion in Augusta county.
Augusta County's Economic Development Director Dennis Burnett grew up in the area and said he has seen the county grow.
“I think it's been planned growth, certainly not a sprawl of any kind,” said Burnett. “I think, you know, that's the good news. We did anticipate it. We did plan for it. We're optimistic about future growth in the corridor.”
More work is on the way as Mary Baldwin College officials plan to expand in Fishersville.
The College of Health Sciences site is across the street from Augusta Health and other medical facilities.
The program will offer three degrees which Sarah Coker, a Mary Baldwin biology student, said will make others notice the college.
“It's good, because expansion can lead to more knowledge about it,” said Coker. “A lot of grad schools haven't even heard of Mary Baldwin and the fact that we do research. So, it would be good to get the word out.”
It will be a couple more years before the program opens but the opening will bring work to Augusta County and boost the local economy.
Burnett has watched the county expand and looks forward to its future.
“For a rural area, we have world-class health care here,” said Burnett. “And the ability to pipeline those professionals right here to this corridor, is not only going to be good for the county, but for the region, the state, we believe.”
A future that will bring more students and more research to Augusta County.
This graduate program will be co-educational. Mary Baldwin's undergraduate program is a women's college.
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