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Howard Community College’s New Health Sciences Building Opens With Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on Monday, January 14, 2013

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). 

About HCC
Howard Community College (HCC) is a publicly funded two-year community college serving the educational needs of the citizens and employers in Howard County, Maryland since 1970. With its slogan, “You Can Get There from Here,” the college has forged a variety of partnerships to offer career and transfer programs to over 30,000 students annually at its main campus in Columbia, the Ecker Business Training Center, Laurel College Center, and Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education. Located midway between two major metropolitan areas, Washington DC and Baltimore, MD, Howard Community College is an affordable, community-based institution that has long been recognized for its ability to inspire learning, and the lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. Among its many awards is the prestigious U.S. Senate Productivity Award for organizational performance excellence.