News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael McAllister
(803) 327-8032

Grant Expands Medical Lab at York Tech’s Kershaw/Heath Springs Center

July 21, 2010

KERSHAWA grant received by Lancaster County for $165,000 has expanded York Technical College’s capability for training students in medical programs in Lancaster County. The grant was funded under a Community Development Block Grant from the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

The college is grateful for the support provided by Catawba Regional Council of Governments for assisting in the preparation of the proposal and managing the implementation of the grant. The college also appreciates the support provided by the Clarence H. and Anna Elizabeth Lutz Foundation, Lancaster County Council, and the John T. Stevens Foundation. The total project budget was $220,000.

The college will say thank you to the many partners who played a part in making the state-of-the-art facility a reality at a reception at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the lab. There will be a short program followed by tours and demonstrations of the lab’s equipment, including computerized patient simulators, and the Center’s distance learning technology.

The new lab specifically benefits Lancaster County students enrolled in allied health and medical programs. The new equipment and distance learning classroom will allow students greater access to required classes and will allow for a greater number of course sessions to be offered to students in their home county.

“This was a team effort, and we appreciate the support that was provided by each of our partners,” said York Technical College President Dr. Greg Rutherford. “We are committed to creating greater accessibility to training programs for our students and this funding has enabled us to do more in Lancaster County.”

Among the most impressive pieces of equipment are the patient simulators. These full-body simulators enable students to learn about many health emergencies and how to respond appropriately to these emergencies.

The new equipment and the increased accessibility to additional class hours will allow for certificate completion in a timelier manner. These improvements will prepare a greater number of students to enter the workforce, qualified to accept high-demand jobs in allied health occupations.

For more information about Wednesday’s event or the college’s Kershaw/Heath Springs Center, contact Ernie Green, York Tech’s Dean of Off-Campus Centers, at (803) 475-2833 or

York Technical College / 452 South Anderson Road / Rock Hill, SC  29730