CCC Health and Technical Science facility aims to meet healthcare worker demand – KSNB Local 4

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) – Central Community College cut the ribbon for their newly renovated Health and Technical Science building. With the upgrades they hope to bring more skilled workers into the central Nebraska workforce.

The new Center for Health and Technical Sciences on the Grand Island campus is going to help CCC expand their programs. The $4.4 million project has been in the works for about three years. CCC wanted to have more high-tech equipment and cutting edge classrooms and labs for students to prepare them for the medical field. the ten programs, aside from the dentistry programs, are now all under one roof.

“We really are excited to have them in one house. I think it’ll be a real nice flow for students and for faculty and even that inter collaboration among programs,” Dean of Health Sciences Sarah Kort said.

Students will now be able to get more hands-on experience in the field as paramedics, pharmacy technician, and nursing. There is a push for students to consider more two-year degrees and CCC now has even more resources for a quality education. Students shared that they are looking forward to classes in the new facility to continue what they have already learned.

“Just basically learning what it’s like to bring meaning to every individual who is in need of our assistance, to bring purpose to their everyday activities,” said April Thornton, an Occupational Therapy Assistant Student.

Most of these medical programs were in Hastings. With them more consolidated they are going to be able to work together and collaborate through their programs in the bigger facility.

“Our program itself I believe there are only two within the state and so why not choose Grand Island and our building is fantastic,” Thornton said.

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