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Tom Apodaca Science Building

WCU has experienced a significant increase in demand for science, technology, engineering and math coursework (STEM), the crucial foundation for 21st-century careers. By providing the space, capacity and technology required for 21st–century teaching, WCU will prepare students for future careers in health care, high-tech manufacturing, natural product development and more.

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Critical Demand


Students will continue to be prepared to meet the ever-growing regional workforce demands. Fields such as health care, high-tech manufacturing, and product development offer economic development for the region and significant income growth for the state of North Carolina. The Tom Apodaca Sciences Building at Western Carolina University increases capacity to serve foundational STEM courses, the required gateway coursework for degree programs in health sciences, engineering, and more.

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