Congressman John Barrow Tours New Paine College Facility

Posted by lsuggs | 12/11/2012 04:54 AM

(Augusta, Ga)—On December 10, 2012, Paine College President Dr. George C. Bradley welcomed Congressman John Barrow to tour the College’s new Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex.  Congressman Barrow is the first elected federal official to tour the new multi-million HEAL Complex that will open to the public in January 2013.

“The HEAL Complex is a great addition to the Paine College community and our entire region,” said Congressman Barrow.  “Paine College’s growth called for this new facility and I have no doubt it’ll be put to good use by the students. Folks in the area, as well, will benefit from this new facility, and I look forward to its opening in the New Year.”

This contemporary sprawling 43,000 sq. ft. structure will become the new home for the Paine College Athletic Department and will house classrooms, laboratories, meeting and conference rooms, and a health and wellness facility.

“The HEAL Complex will offer opportunities for growth, increase retention rates, facilitate beneficial partnerships with the community, enhance the learning environment for our students,” stated Dr. Bradley.

Dr. Bradley and Congressman Barrow also discussed the impact of the U.S. Department of Energy award of nearly $3 million made to the College that is designed to support academic programs and research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Paine College faculty utilized the award to underwrite Project WET-SEED (Workforce Enhancement and Training: Supplying Education and Energy Development).   Project WET-SEED has successfully created a pipeline focused on seamless access for middle school and high school students to move into STEM programs and careers through hands-on environmental science experiments.  The research component concentrates on bioremediation research needed by the DOE to safely clean up the environmental legacy left behind by nuclear weapons development.

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Photo caption: (Left to right) Paine College President, Dr. George C. Bradley with Congressman, John Barrow, in front of the new Paine College Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex.