- Community Development
Nursing core classes began at Union College in the fall semester of 2014 after Union College received accreditation to establish a four-year Bachelor of Science nursing program. Located in the southeastern region of the state, the Union College School of Nursing and Health Sciences was established as a way to decrease the nurse shortage in Appalachia and is the only program of it kind within fifty miles.
“There is a desperate need for baccalaureate-prepared nurses in our area,” said Lorene Putnam, dean of Union’s Department of Nursing and Health Sciences. “Union is proud to help fill the void.”
Community Ventures partnered with another community development entity from Virginia and provided $10 million in New Markets Tax Credit allocations to fund the $17 million project with U.S. Bank serving as the tax credit investor.