Chattanooga names wing for slain officer; Huntsville renovates

Aug 22, 2011

Virginia College School of Business and Health in Chattanooga recently held a building dedication ceremony to name a new wing in honor of slain Chattanooga Police Sgt. James "Tim" Chapin.

Sgt. Chapin was killed on duty this past April while responding to a robbery call. He was a 27–year veteran of the Chattanooga Police department and a member of the Virginia College security staff.

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"We are all saddened by the loss of this officer who was a true hero to our community, his friends and family. We are appreciative of the opportunity to remember Sgt. Chapin by naming our new wing in his honor," said Campus President Mike Oertle.

The new wing represents a 10,051 sq. ft. expansion providing classrooms, medical and computer labs and an Occupational Therapy Assistant classroom and lab (pending regulatory approval). The $1.6 million investment in the Chattanooga community will provide a total of 43,244 sq. ft. to serve the college's expanding student population.

Virginia College in Huntsville showcased its renovated 49,872 sq.–ft. campus at a recent VIP event and ribbon cutting ceremony in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County.

Special guests included local business owners, city officials, community members and chamber of commerce representatives. Guests had an opportunity to view classrooms, labs, and student work while enjoying hors d' oeuvres prepared by students from Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College.

"Virginia College has a long history of providing skilled grads for the Tennessee Valley, and this significant investment in new facilities for our students is a confirmation to our dedication to continue to do so," said James Foster, president of Virginia College in Huntsville. "We are especially proud of the significant number of graduates who have been placed with the area's government, high–tech and government–contractor employers."