KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pellissippi State broke ground on a new $27 million science building named after former Governor Bill Haslam.

The Bill Haslam Center for Math and Science will have 18 classrooms, computer and science labs, and a teacher education center for early childhood development programs.

Project leaders aim to finish it in the fall of 2021.

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Pellissippi State officials said the center meets the demand for space which has increased due to programs like Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect.

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Students are excited about the investment. 

"It gives the students a very, very good platform to build their skills upon. It will house way more students, and I think it will make the whole process for students learning their core classes way more streamlined too," said Christian Boone, a Pellissippi State student.

Pellissippi is the largest community college in the state with more than 10,000 students.

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