News Briefs Legal assistant program earns ABA approval Walters State ’s legal assistant program has received approval from the American Bar Association. The WSCC program began only seven years ago, and it has already achieved a placement rate of 92 percent for those who complete the associate of applied science degree. Each year between 15 and 20 students graduate. Paramedic program offers two-year degree The college has received approval from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to offer an associate of applied science degree in Paramedic Technology. The college now offers a two-year degree. Previously a one-year certificate was offered. Culinary Arts offered in Greeneville The college’s award-winning culinary arts department is offering a degree program in Greeneville for the first time this fall. The college is partnering with Link Hills County Club, where most of the nine courses necessary for the one-year certificate will be offered. Snyder top legislative intern Morristown’s Micah Snyder was voted Best All-Around Legislative Intern by his peers on capitol hill in Nashville this spring. The honor is particularly impressive because Walters State is the only two-year college in the state that participates in the program. Microsoft awards college $745,000 in software Microsoft Corp. has awarded an additional $745,000 in software to the college. The software, which Walters State received this summer, is part of a Working Connections grant the college was awarded in 1998 from Microsoft and the American Association of Community Colleges to address a shortage of workers qualified to fill the growing number of jobs in the information technology field.  Walters State was one of only 13 colleges nationwide to receive the grant. Originally, the college was awarded $250,000 in cash and $50,000 in computer hardware and software, which enabled Walters State to establish a technical certificate program in information technology and create a new computer lab. The program is designed to prepare a “generalist” who can perform multiple  tasks, from computer operator to network administrator. Walters State also has developed five new programs to meet the specialized needs of the information technology field. The Tennessee Board of Regents recently approved five one-semester technical certificate programs in information technology: Microsoft application specialist; computer technician; database specialist; multimedia specialist; and networking specialist. Back to Hub main page