Southeastern receives $6.5 million in funding to renovate Science and Biology Buildings
July 21, 2022
The Oklahoma State Legislature has approved $6.5 million in pandemic relief funds to assist Southeastern Oklahoma State University in renovating and updating classrooms and labs in the University’s Science and Biology buildings. In addition, furniture and equipment may be included in the improvements package.
Southeastern was included in a $55 million healthcare workforce training plan recently approved by the legislature and enacted into law. The funds are part of the $1.8 billion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding granted to Oklahoma.
“This funding ($6,585,487) will assist us in launching our Allied Health programs at Southeastern, and help us meet the healthcare workforce needs of the state of Oklahoma, which is a priority of the legislature,’’ said Southeastern president Thomas Newsom. “Our nursing program with Murray State will benefit greatly from these upgrades to our facilities.’’
Upon enactment of the ARPA Act, Oklahoma received $1.8 billion in pandemic relief funding for investment into projects that will benefit Oklahomans. To ensure funds were allocated in a responsible and transparent manner, the Legislature and Governor Kevin Stitt formed the Joint Committee on Pandemic Relief Funding. Southeastern made proposals to the Health & Human Services Working Group and to the the Joint Committee.