St. Charles Community College hosted an open house for students, alumni, faculty, staff, partners and community leaders on Aug. 15 at the new LU/SCC Center for Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.
Officials cut the ribbon for St. Charles Community College’s Virtual Hospital at the open house on Aug. 15, in the LU/SCC Center for Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. Left to right: Rose Mack, SCC Board of Trustees, James D. Evans, Lindenwood president, Ron Chesbrough, SCC president, William Pundmann, SCC Board of Trustees, Patti Williams, SCC dean of nursing and allied health, Chris Breitmeyer, SCC vice president for academic and student affairs.
The event included a ribbon cutting ceremony for St. Charles County’s first virtual hospital, located within the center. SCC students will benefit from this simulated educational experience that features four fully equipped hospital rooms, each with a high-fidelity mannequin.
Lindenwood University and SCC announced the unique two-year/four-year, public/private collaboration in March, with SCC relocating and expanding its Nursing and Allied Health Sciences Program to #1 Academy Place in Dardenne Prairie, former site of Barat Academy. The new location will help SCC to respond to the high interest in its nursing and allied health programs and meet the growing demand for careers in the healthcare field.
“We are moved in and pleased to welcome the students,” said Patti Williams, SCC dean of nursing and allied health. “Not only will the center provide more opportunities for hands-on learning and better access to equipment and technology found in the field, it also will expand the capacity of the program so more students can enroll.”
Classes at SCC begin this week. SCC’s nursing and allied health programs will serve approximately 450 students in 2013-14. College officials anticipate enrollment in these programs to double in the next five years, pending board and state approvals. Students in these programs consistently exceed state and national pass rates for licensure.
“We are proud of the reputation SCC’s graduates have in the community, and this is an exciting step toward the future growth of SCC’s nursing and allied health programs,” Williams said. “Whether students choose to enter the workforce or transfer to Lindenwood or another four-year institution, SCC will continue to offer a high quality, accessible and affordable option for students.”
St. Charles Community College is a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit www.stchas.edu.
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