Morris College will get $1.5 million from the federal government to build a new wing with additional classroom and laboratory space if a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives becomes law.
U.S. Rep. John Spratt, the York Democrat who is chairman of the House Budget Committee, is attempting to direct the money to Morris in Sumter.
The congressman cited a 29 percent increase in the number of students at Morris studying math, science, technology or engineering over the past two years.
"I was pleased to help secure these funds and help Morris College meet the needs of its students," Spratt said.
The new wing would include a research lab with an animal and plant room as well as a greenhouse, a chemistry lab, a large classroom and two faculty offices.
"This project will give Morris College a big thrust forward in its effort to expand its offerings to its students, who are working hard to prepare themselves to enter the mainstream of their chosen professions," Morris president Luns Richardson said.
- Wayne Washington