Year in review: Schools accommodate growth, deal with budget cuts

File photo Clovis Community College President John Neibling spoke at the dedication ceremony opening Phase I of the Allied Health Center.

For educational institutions in Clovis, 2009 was a year of change, expansion and more change.

Student populations at Clovis Municipal Schools continue to see growth from expansion at Cannon Air Force Base. Cannon personnel is up to an estimated 4,000 and continues to grow.

Clovis Christian School continues to expand on its elementary campus at Humphrey Drive and has a new superintendent at the helm. Ladona Clayton became superintendent July 2.

Clovis Community College opened the first phase of the Allied Health Center on Oct. 29. Phase I houses the nursing department and there are plans for the emergency medical services and radiation technology programs to be housed in Phase II.

Robin Jones, Nursing program director and Dean of the Allied Health program, said the current technology housed in the center is essential to train nurses entering the field.

Included in the technology available to students are seven full-sized medical mannequins. The mannequins can simulate various medical conditions. Students learn by responding to their needs as if they were a living patient.

Highlights of other important events of the year: