INSIDE LOOK: CCC’s New Health Education Center

Written By: Isabel Garcia
CCC Health Ed Center

March 2, 2017

CORNING N.Y. (WENY) -- Construction is coming along on Corning Community College's (CCC) new Health Education Center on Denison Parkway.

     With beams set and bricks laid, the state-of-the-art facility is now beginning to take shape.

     "The nursing program will be our anchor program here and we will be able to infuse new technology in their instruction, more simulation, labs - more fundamentals labs," says Dr. Kate Douglas, President of Corning Community College.

     Those simulation labs will include high tech mannequins which are connected to a screen and keyboard for faculty use, giving students the ultimate real-world experience.

     "The nursing faculty will have the symptoms change , so as the student nurses are working on the mannequin, just as with a real person in a real hospital bed and the student will have to make decisions, 'What does the symptom say and what is the treatment I have to do?'" Dr. Douglas explains.

     While the three-story tech-rich building focuses on nursing programs, one of the most unique aspects of the facility includes a culinary classroom, designed for a brand new program at CCC.

     "We've never had a culinary classroom on any of our campuses before so as we look at wellness in the future we know that nutrition is a huge part of that," Dr. Douglas says.

     The cost of this project runs about $8 million, including the tech-equipment, however $7 million is covered through a grant from the Upstate Revitalization Initiative.

     Although the site very much remains a work in progress, construction is set to be completed by the fall (scheduled for August), just in enough time to welcome a new class of 120 eager nursing students.