Making a Difference in the Community
Winston-Salem State University has an approximately $350 million economic impact on the Piedmont Triad and is responsible, directly or indirectly, for over 6,600 jobs in the region. Its impact in terms of impact on lives and quality of life extends much further. For the story behind the numbers, you can view the WSSU Economic Impact Report given by Chancellor Reaves in 2011.
Delivering Health Care to the Underserved
WSSU’s School of Health Sciences’ Mobile Health Clinic – Rams Know H.O.W. – provides screenings, educational services and referrals to underserved areas. An estimated $250,000 in free services was provided in this program’s first year of operation in 2010-2011. More than $300,000 in physical therapy care has been provided by students working with professors at the Community Care Clinic at Piedmont Park in Winston-Salem.
Providing Economic Development Leadership
The Simon Green Atkins Community Development Corporation has been at the forefront of changing the face of the community surrounding Winston-Salem State University. Working with the community and professional consultants, the CDC created an actionable blueprint for an area that is the “front door” for WSSU. The MLK Corridor Plan focused on a three-mile area of the street that runs through the middle of the university’s campus.
Part of the plan involves economic development efforts and the CDC is taking a leadership role with the renovation of the former Boys and Girls Club Building. Once a center of community activity, the building has come back to life with the CDC’s creation of The Enterprise Center, Winston-Salem’s only business incubator.
The Enterprise Center provides space and professional support for the WSSU Center for Entrepreneurship to help small businesses grow, create new jobs and attract additional investment in the area. Beyond its role as a business incubator, the Center will also eventually provide space to meet community needs. In 2011 it became home to the Simon’s Green Acre, a community garden and nutritional education project started by staff and students from the university.