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Groundbreaking for the Lees-McRae May School of Nursing and Allied Health Scheduled for June 20

May 24, 2013. Lees-McRae is proud to announce they will break ground on the May School of Nursing and Allied Health on Thursday, June 20 at 11 a.m. in Stinson Parking Lot on West Main Street, across from Tate Lawn. The community is welcome to attend the ceremony. Designed by McMillian Pazdan Smith, this 18,000 square foot facility will soon be the cornerstone of the College’s expanded science and health-related programs.

imagesBased on student interest, marketplace demand and a generous donation from Daniel and Dianne May, Lees-McRae is considering the addition of a pre-licensure undergraduate nursing program as well as allied health programs in healthcare administration and emergency care management.

“I believe the May School of Nursing and Allied Health is a vital asset to the revitalization and continued success of Lees-McRae College,” said Ed Shelton ’60 ’95(H), interim chairman of the Lees-McRae College Board of Trustees. “There is great student interest in health-related programs and no shortage of demand for additional health care professionals. We are grateful to Daniel and Dianne May for their love of Lees-McRae College and their unconditional support, and we are grateful to McMillan Pazdan Smith for their incredible vision and guidance.”

The state-of-the-art May School of Nursing and Allied Health will provide classrooms, lab space and technology specific to the nursing and allied health curriculum. Lees-McRae currently offers science programs such as biology with concentrations in nutrition and health science. The health science curriculum prepares students for graduate schools in the areas of dentistry, medical, pharmacy, physician assistant and veterinarian studies. Additionally, the college currently offers allied health programs including athletic training (accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education).

Students may enroll beginning fall 2013. All prospective nursing and allied health students must complete most of their general education requirements and prerequisite courses during their first two-four semesters of study before applying and enrolling in a major-specific program.

For more information on nursing and allied health at Lees-McRae College, please visit go.lmc.edu/nursing-allied-health or contact the Admissions Department at 800-280-4LMC or [email protected].

The media is welcome and encouraged to attend the groundbreaking ceremony. President Buxton will set aside ten minutes after the ceremony to speak with the media and answer any questions. If you are a member of the media, please RSVP to Megan Hall, director of communications, at 828.898.8729 or [email protected] no later than Thursday, June 13 to reserve your seat.

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Lees-McRae College is a private, four-year college offering diverse baccalaureate degrees, strong athletic programs and outstanding faculty. With approximately 800 students hailing from 40 states and more than 10 countries, Lees-McRae’s broad core curriculum is enhanced by field-specific career preparation and experiential learning with an emphasis in leadership and service. For more information, please visit www.lmc.edu or call 828-898-5241.