As workers apply the last few coats of paint and other finishing touches this summer, Southwestern Community College officials are making sure everything’s ready to open their new Health Sciences Center to students this fall on the Jackson Campus.
Furniture and equipment are being installed during the summer, and faculty members are setting up their new classrooms, labs and offices.
By the time the fall semester begins on Aug. 16, SCC will be able to accept 144 more health sciences students than possible a year ago. Existing programs are able to take additional students, and two new programs are being added: Surgical Technology and Opticianry.
“From the time we first began planning for this new building, our goal has always been to offer more opportunities for our students – and to provide more skilled healthcare graduates to fill the growing workforce needs in our service area,” said Dr. Don Tomas, SCC President. “It’s a beautiful structure, and I’m especially excited for the first group of students who get to utilize this new instructional facility this fall.”
Led by founding program coordinator Melissa Daniels-Dolan, Surgical Technology will be housed on the new structure’s third floor. The top level will also house Medical Laboratory Technology, Medical Assisting, an Anatomy & Physiology lab and faculty offices.
The second floor is home to the latest medical-training technology in SCC’s expanded simulation lab, as well as Nursing, Radiography, Respiratory Therapy and Medical Sonography programs.
Several community clinics such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Sonography will be located on the first floor. Unique to the clinical expansion experience will be the addition of a Hand Therapy Lab and Pediatric Therapy Gym. The Emergency Medical Science program – with a full-size simulation ambulance – will also be located on the first floor.
The new Opticianry program - along with existing programs like Health Information Technology, Human Services Technology and Nurse Aide – will have plenty of breathing room in remodeled sections of the Balsam Center.
Therapeutic Massage will maintain its same lab in Founders Hall while Outdoor Leadership, with its Wilderness Emergency Medicine and Wilderness Therapy options, will remain at SCC’s Swain Center.
SCC will be hosting an official ribbon-cutting event for the new Health Sciences Center in early October.