Midway, KY, November 16, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- President Drake made a major announcement today about Midway College recently finalizing an agreement with Christian Care Communities, Kentucky’s largest faith-based provider of senior housing and long-term care services, for an option to purchase sufficient land for developing a “Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)” adjacent to Midway College’s campus in Midway, Kentucky.
“Midway College is pleased to have developed a collaborative agreement with the Christian Care Communities. With a healthcare facility like this adjacent to our campus it will allow students the opportunity to gain real world nursing experience as part of the curriculum,” said Drake.
Dr. Keith Knapp, CEO of Christian Care Communities noted that this project could become Kentucky’s first “Lifelong Learning Retirement Community” co-locating a CCRC with a college or university. “It is an approach to senior living that has been demonstrated effectively elsewhere and that honors people’s desire to remain engaged in life.”
“Our community has been working for some time on the retirement community issue,” said Midway Mayor Tom Bozarth. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the College’s support of this project. It is a win-win for the College and the community.”
When asked why Midway College, Drake responded, “If you’ve ever driven to Midway you know the feeling that you get from that scenic drive. There is nothing better for your mind and soul and for that alone Midway makes perfect sense for this type of project. More importantly, to have this kind of facility nearby will allow our College’s nursing and health care program students to gain valuable experience by interacting with the senior residents. We feel it will give our students the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom in a setting that is considered at the forefront of innovation in the field of elder care.”
Drake said more specific details on the Christian Care Communities project will be available in the coming weeks or months.
This announcement was preceded by another important news release on the development of the New State of the Art Learning Resource Center at Midway College. “To make two major announcements in one day that serve our students and demonstrate our commitment to the community and region is exciting,” said Drake. “Midway College is working hard to be an educational leader and innovator. I’m proud to say that this is not the end of the story either. In the next few weeks look for another announcement from our College that will dramatically change the landscape of higher educational opportunities in Kentucky.”
About Midway College
Midway College, a multi-dimensional Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree granting institution, was founded in 1847 as the first school in the United States to serve orphaned and disadvantaged students. Over the years Midway College has expanded its mission to serve students through its women’s college, school for career development, online college, and graduate school. Online courses are powered by The Learning House, Inc.
In May 2009 the College graduated its largest class in the school’s history, with more than 350 graduates. Midway College is currently ranked 13th out of the 32 public and private institutions in Kentucky as a provider of baccalaureate degrees. The College has a full-time faculty of 62 and an enrollment of 1,800 students. Accelerated degrees are offered in business, computer information systems, health care administration, homeland security, human resource mange, nursing, sport management and teacher education. The graduate school offers an accelerated 20 month MBA program. Midway College currently offers these courses at 14 locations throughout Kentucky and online. Midway College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
For more information on Midway College, go to www.midway.edu.
Midway College Media Contact:
Ellen Gregory, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Midway College