The vision of this capital campaign is to create two new centers for education at Holyoke Community College: the Center for Health Education and the Center for Life Sciences.
Equipped with sophisticated patient simulators ranging from maternity and newborn to pediatric and geriatric, the HCC SIMuCENTER will support nursing education throughout the continuum of patient care and be the core component of the new Center for Health Education. Human Patient Simulators enable nursing students to develop clinical decision-making proficiencies, refine technical skills, practice assessment techniques, and gain competency in recognizing and preventing common medical errors.
This center will significantly expand the college's capability to educate students in nursing and radiologic technology by 25-30%, and promote diversity in the student body through innovative linkages with the local health care industry. Specially designed classrooms and a state-of-the-art X-ray room will prepare students for their offsite clinical rotations by allowing them to train using the latest X-ray equipment and computer technology.
The growth of the life sciences in education has been in response to the need for laboratory technicians, quality assurance personnel and manufacturing assistants in the fields of biotechnology, health care, education and green technologies. The Center for Life Sciences will occupy 13,000 square feet of upgraded and accessible laboratories, a clean room, classrooms, offices, and student workspace. These facilities will support the programs in Biology, Chemistry, Sustainability Studies, Veterinary Technician, and Foundations of Health.
The Center will also respond to the workforce needs of the Pioneer Valley by preparing students for multiple career paths with a solid grounding in life sciences. Workforce education and training will also be available to support new and existing industries in the Pioneer Valley.
This campaign is seeking to raise $5.3 million in support of these initiatives, of which $4.1 has already been secured, with the remaining $1.2 million to be solicited in private donations. Now, the college needs the commitment of alumni, area businesses, and residents to make the dream a reality.
Center for Health Education
Simulation Lab Wing
Skills Lab Wing