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NEC Steering Committee Tours Nearly Completed New Nashville Education Center

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It was moving day for the new Nashville Education Center on Tuesday, December 15 when the Nashville Steering Committee met for a final time to tour the new facility.

The New Nashville Center, located at 17869 Exchange Avenue north of Nashville, replaces the leased site on Kaskaskia street in Nashville. The new center has 11,500 square feet of instructional space including a large central classroom area, modelled on the Lifelong Learning Center on the KC main campus, consisting of four classrooms with retractable walls to create a single large space rated for up to 260 people. The new Center also has a dedicated Science Lab, an Allied Health lab, a Distance Learning classroom, a computer lab, and a testing lab that can be monitored from the director’s office. The commons area has seating and vending machines, as well as an eight station open computer lab for student and public use.

While some equipment and furnishings still need to be placed, the new Center is expected to open in time for the Spring 2016 semester. Ruth Barczewski, director of the Nashville Center, gave a guided tour of the facility for steering committee members.

“It has been a long journey to get this building from an idea to reality,” Barczewski said. “I just want to thank everyone who gave their support to this project, with their time and with their donations. It is a dream come true, and we will be ready to serve the educational needs of students in the Washington County area for years to come, thanks to all of the support we received.”

There is still time to become part of the project. Brick pavers, which will become a permanent part of the outdoor plaza/entryway, are being sold. A 4” by 8” paver, with up to three lines of engraving, are available for a donation of $150, while 8” by 8” pavers are available for $300.

For more information, or to schedule a tour of the new facility, please contact Ruth Barczewski at 618-545-3485 or by email at

Ruth Barczewski, RIGHT, Director of the Nashville Education Center, guides a tour of the facility on December 15, showing the building’s new Science Lab to members of the NEC Steering Committee.