Education feature: CCC health building completed

Clovis Community College nursing students will be able to work toward careers in the medical field in a larger facility with more modern technology with the start of a new school year in August.

CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed

Classes in the Joe and Charlyne Sisler Allied Health Building begin Aug. 20.

Construction of the Joe and Charlyne Sisler Allied Health Building was recently completed. The new building was opened in the first week of June. The new facility, connected to the existing Don and Gustenia Bonner Nursing Education Building, will house Allied Health programs, including nursing, radiologic technology and emergency medical services.

"I think it will better serve students because we have more room and larger classrooms," said Shawna McGill, division chair for Allied Health and CCC nursing program director, from her new office, which is at least four times the size of her previous office. "The additional room lets students bring their laptops and tablets. We're really promoting paperless so more things will be online."

The architecture of the new facility features plenty of large windows and skylights allowing abundant natural light inside. Paintings of floral and picturesque scenery are displayed on the walls.

Classrooms smell of fresh paint, contain high slanted ceilings, tables with wheels that are easy to move and 6 feet by 9 feet projector screens hanging from the ceiling, allowing students to view enlarged educational videos and slides.

Upper-level classrooms seat up to 40 students; lower level classrooms seat up to 70 students.

The facility offers students a new simulation center and adjacent model patient rooms. This setup allows instructors to test students' skills as they operate on mannequins in model patient rooms. Mannequins have realistic heart and lung sounds as before but now include vocals created by instructors at a central control panel. This places students in real-life scenarios.

McGill said the new space will allow CCC to begin a new pilot program this fall. She said the existing program requires completion of all prerequisites before students enroll. The new program called the inclusive program will allow students to take prerequisites with nursing classes.

Fourth semester CCC nursing student Kimberlee Skinner has visited the new facility twice and said she looks forward to using the new technology in the model patient rooms. She is also excited about the new architecture and classrooms.

"The inside and outside of the building is modern and professional looking," Skinner said.

"The classrooms are beautiful. They're really spacious and inviting and comfortable."

A dedication ceremony is being planned for mid-September.

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