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Pellissippi State breaks ground new science center

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

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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