Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 14, 2014

Millions still needed for Tazewell County dental school project

BLUEFIELD — More than $20 million is still needed for the construction of Tazewell County’s new dental school project at the Bluestone Technology Park.

Although the college already has $20 million secured for the project, almost another $35 million is needed, Dr. Frank Serio, dean of the new School of Dental Medicine at Bluefield College, said.

“We are submitting two applications to the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission that will be reviewed on May 21 and 22,” Serio said.

Even though the college hopes to receive this funding, an additional $14 million will still be needed to help fund the cost of the college, Serio said. The expected opening date for the college is August 2016 and the expected class size is around 65 students.

“The architects in charge of designing the dental school are Kahler and Slater Inc. and Thompson and Litton,” Serio said.

In addition to boosting enrollment at Bluefield College, officials hope the dental school will promote local economic development and address the shortage of dental care providers and improve oral health in the area.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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