The new Knox Regional Health Science and Simulation Center, a joint effort between Roane State, TCAT Knoxville and Covenant Health.

Roane State Community College, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Knoxville and Covenant Health have announced a partnership that will bring a new healthcare training facility to East Tennessee.

The news release described it as “state-of-the-art.”

On Jan. 31, Gov. Bill Lee presented his 2022-23 budget proposal, which included a request for $67.5 million in state funding for the Knox Regional Health Science and Simulation Center. The facility will enable instructors to provide comprehensive simulations of the work students will be doing when they graduate, in settings similar to clinics and hospitals.

The project had previously been approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), the governing body for both Roane State and TCAT Knoxville, the news release stated. It was then recommended by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) for inclusion in the budget request. Roane State is expected to provide at least a $6.5 million campus match. The total estimated dollar amount for the project is $75 million, which includes previous funding of $1 million appropriated in fiscal year 2021-22 for the preliminary design phase.

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