Health center to bring new experience to St. Louis Community Col - KMOV.com

Health center to bring new experience to St. Louis Community College

Posted: Updated:
Rendering of the new Center for Nursing & Health Sciences (Credit: St. Louis Community College) Rendering of the new Center for Nursing & Health Sciences (Credit: St. Louis Community College)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A $39 million change is coming to St. Louis Community College-Forest Park.

In a few months, the college will break ground on its new Center for Nursing and Health Sciences, adding state-of-the-art resources and equipment for health science students.

“There is a shortage of good healthcare providers, nurses, doctors,” said Malik Sellers-Perkins.

Sellers-Perkins is studying to be a mental health nurse, she’s set to graduate in May. Although students currently enrolled like her won’t be able to fully experience the new facility, she’s thrilled.

“A lot of excitement, I think it’s going to give the college an upper hand, it’s a great school,” she said.

College Chancellor Dr. Jeff Pittman says the four-story building will have 11 health programs all under one roof.

“Our [health] programs are scattered all over the campus in a variety of buildings,” said Dr. Pittman. “Health science employers have state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. And we need to provide students with the same experience with state of the art equipment and labs where they’re going to go out and work in the employment world.”

Pittman says the facility will be made of glass and brick accents. Earlier this year, Pittman says the board of directors hired KAI Design and Build to put together a blueprint for the 96,000-square-foot center.

He says it’ll be a game changer for the campus and the St. Louis region.

Although students say more and more people are becoming less interested in health sciences their current enrollment in the health program is at about 800. Pittman says he expects that number to increase by 10 percent.

This expansion comes as the college is looking at possibly cutting 18 percent of its full-time position as a cost-cutting measure. College leaders say the school could face a near $13 million deficit by 2020, saying enrollment has dropped and that there has been a loss in state funding.

The health center was budgeted before the fiscal situation took a turn for the worse.

News 4 has learned those possible layoffs don’t appear to have any effect on the new health center.

The completion date is set for late 2019. 

Copyright 2017 KMOV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved

Powered by Frankly