(Mobile, Ala.) Spring Hill College has been awarded $35 million as part of Senator Richard Shelby’s final funding effort on behalf of his constituents after more than 44 years of representing Alabama citizens in the United States House and Senate. This appropriation will be used to construct a state-of-the-art nursing and health sciences building as the College works to provide solutions to address current and future nursing shortages while also stimulating science education for future generations of SHC graduates.
“We deeply appreciate Senator Shelby’s efforts to secure funding for Spring Hill’s nursing program and for the construction of a cross-disciplinary facility to provide academic excellence for healthcare and STEM-related majors in Mobile, said Racheal Banks, PhD, Vice President for Advancement.
“Spring Hill has a longstanding tradition of preparing students to enter the workforce as professionals in the healthcare and health sciences fields,” Banks continued. “This funding allows us to help offset Alabama’s nursing shortage, address the decline of mathematics and science teachers, and enhance training opportunities in Mobile for STEM-related careers.”
This Omnibus spending bill package represents a substantial investment in the Mobile region and the state of Alabama. According to Senator Shelby, Mobile benefits greatly from Omnibus, with about $650 million of funding coming to the Port City. In addition to Spring Hill College, the Omnibus provides additional investments that greatly impact the Mobile and Spring Hill College communities: $200 million for the Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA), which Spring Hill College supports through alumni of its Business Division, specifically those graduates of the Supply Chain Management program. Another $200 million is slated to enhance projects to better connect ASAP’s intermodal container service between Mobile and Birmingham, and $50 million to support historic projects in downtown Mobile.
ABOUT SPRING HILL COLLEGE:
Founded in 1830, Spring Hill College is the oldest Catholic college in the Southeast and the third oldest Jesuit college in the United States. Spring Hill combines the Jesuit tradition of excellence in education and a commitment to caring for the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – with innovative educational experiences. Located in Mobile, Ala., Spring Hill’s mission is to form leaders engaged in learning, faith, justice and service for life. As a result, Spring Hill students are engaged, inspired and transformed by their experiences.