Roane State Community College is set to host an open house for its new complex in Clarkrange.
Fentress County Mayor Jimmy Johnson said the campus will help cut down on student’s commute time, compared to driving to Harriman. Johnson said having a location for student’s to learn close to home should bolster the counties workforce.
“Well, anytime you further your education it’s gonna help, it’ll help them learn and if we can get something that’ll keep them after they get their education needs,” Johnson said. “On the curriculum basis that they have there, I’m sure it’ll serve a lot of purpose here in Fentress County for job workforce development here.”
The Clarkrange location stems from students becoming over crowded at the location set up at the York Institute. Johnson said he hopes to see a permanent and central location for Roane State in the future.
“We’re doing some work on getting a permit location here in Fentress County, more of a central location,” Johnson said. “As far as the Roane State there, it’s gonna be there for several years.”
Johnson said he is unsure of the curriculum being especially tailored to any needs in Fentress County. However, Johnson said he believes the campus will fit the needs of residents and students.
“I’d say just basically about everything that we need to take,” Johnson said. “I’m sure that it will work out to the benefit of our students here in Fentress County.
The campus’s open house with be October 9th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The public is invited to tour the building.