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.
In order to meet regional and state workforce needs, WCU must provide efficient pathways for students to attain degrees in high demand areas such as science, technology, engineering, math, and healthcare.
Through the Connect NC bond initiative WCU will receive $110 million to replace the 1970s-vintage science building. Learn about the Connect NC bond issuance, funding distribution and bond financing.
Find information related to planning, design and construction, from bidding to final project acceptance. Read announcements and status reports, view renderings and more.
Competing at Home and Abroad
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 new 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. Read the pROJECT NARRATIVE