By Elisa Castillo / Contributing writer

Students of the LBCC nursing program gathered in front of Building C on Thursday, Oct. 2 , along with President Eloy Oakley for the renovation commencement ceremony. The building is scheduled for renovations after 45 years. The project is expected to be completed in 2016.

The renovations include state-of-the-art technology meant to enhance the learning experience for all current and future nursing students. The budget for renovations was capped at $11.65 million.

“That’s a lot of money, but I know it’s going to look amazing,” said Cristal Velasquez, 23, an LBCC student waiting to be admitted into the nursing program. Students who were at the commencement ceremony were enthusiastic about sharing their excitement. “I’m on the waiting list to be accepted into the program, but this just makes me more excited to be accepted,” Velasquez said.