January 7, 2013
Columbia, MD – At a time when Howard Community College’s (HCC) nursing and allied health programs continue to burst at the seams and Maryland projects growth in health care fields, the college will officially open its new Health Sciences Building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, January 14, 9:45 – 10:30 a.m., followed by tours of the state-of-the-art facility. The Health Sciences Building is the college’s first “green building” and LEED Silver Certification is anticipated. Currently, there are approximately 2,116 students taking health science courses at the college.
“As the demand for health services increases, this innovative facility will provide cutting-edge training and address the needs of the community that we serve,” says Dr. Kate Hetherington, president of Howard Community College. “Thanks to the support of the state and Howard County for this critical project, health science students will be able to access the college for critical job preparation. This building is about workforce training for our students.”
The 112,692 gross square-foot building will house programs focusing on nursing, cardiovascular technology, emergency medical services, exercise science, life fitness, health care, health education, human services, nutrition, radiological technology, and public health. In addition, dental hygienist, medical laboratory technician, medical diagnostic sonography, and physical therapist assistant will be added. Construction on the building commenced in the spring of 2011.
The college received tremendous support from both the state and Howard County to construct the new state-of-the-art health sciences facility. The entire project, including furniture, equipment, quad completion and site work, will total $50.7 million funded over four years ($24.2 million from the state and $26.5 million from Howard County).