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Health and Science Get a Boost at the South Omaha Campus

Summer 2008 | Archives

Plans for renovation are underway at the Mahoney Building on MCC´s South Omaha Campus to update and enhance space for health, science and general purpose studies. MCC´s health program has experienced explosive growth, tripling enrollment in the past two years.

The state-of-the-art health facilities will mark the first time MCC´s health programs will be housed in one location, something that allows the College to share equipment and faculty expertise. The renovations will create actual patient simulation rooms with the technological ability to video students doing clinical care procedures for immediate feedback.

"It will be just like the students are walking into a real patient´s room, a trauma situation or chairside at a dental office," said Dr. Stacey Ocander, dean of health and public services. The increased and updated space will allow the health program to provide continuing education for health professionals and graduates as well as community education, offerings that were not feasible in the past.

MCC´s health careers areas have a graduate employment rate of 100 percent and a graduation percentage of 97. The students´ existing education levels range from none to doctorate.

Enrollment has also increased in the sciences, and increased and updated facilities were needed. Existing labs will be updated, and one new lab and classroom will be added. The renovations also include a remodeled student commons inside the north entrance of the building and two new faculty suites. Ocander said faculty has been deeply engaged since the beginning of the project, from looking at blueprints to recommending equipment vendors.

"We couldn´t ask for better support," Ocander said.

The renovations in the Mahoney Building are scheduled for completion in fall 2009.

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