CCC Board approves health center addition

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer

There will be a new addition to the Clovis Community College — a 25,000-square-foot Allied Health Center.

The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees approved the facility proposal Wednesday.

The new building will allow the college to expand existing programs, including the radiological technology program, the nursing program and emergency medical services program, CCC interim president Becky Rowley said.

“I think (the facility) is a fantastic idea,” said Robin Jones, CCC nursing program director. “There is a nationwide shortage of nurses. We are called on to produce more and more nurses, but we can’t do that without expansion.”

“It will be nice to be under one roof, so we can share resources,” Jones said. The programs are currently housed in various buildings on the campus.

Jones said admittance capacity of the nursing program could jump from 40 students to 70 with the new facility.

It is estimated the project will cost $4.8 million. Rowley said about $1.1 million of the cost will be covered by bond funds and the college is seeking $3.7 million from the Higher Education Department to cover the remainder of the costs.

The Commission on Higher Education previously deemed the health facility a “significant need” for 2004, according to a CCC memorandum.

The building will be located on the east campus adjacent to the W.D. Dabs Library Technology Center. Rowley said the first phase of construction will begin in the spring.

Rowley also said she would like to offer an LPN program to junior and senior high school students.

Other items discussed at Wednesday’s Clovis Community College Board meeting:
• The financial health of the college will be assessed through the state Fiscal Watch Program, as approved by the board.

• The board approved a college strategic plan, which outlines goals and objectives for the 2005-2006 year.

• The composition of a CCC Art Committee was approved by the board. The committee raises funds for the purchase of art to be displayed at the campus and advises in the acquisition and display of art, Rowley said.

• An annual report on 2004-2005 campus crime was reviewed by the board. There were 15 reported incidences: Two burglaries, two motor vehicle thefts, and 11 thefts.

• The college will partner with Clovis Municipal Schools to study 2005-2006 seventh-grade students as they advance to high school graduation. The $3 million, six-year program is funded through a federal grant and is intended to prepare students for undergraduate programs.