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The renovated C Building, home of the nursing department, officially re-opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Wednesday, March 14.
Kassidy Dial, 23, a nursing major, said, “We were kind of squished in the other building. Now the classrooms are bigger with two projector screens and can fit 45-50 students.”
Dial said the classrooms are wide, allowing more students to sit in the front of the class, making it easier to record lectures and watch demonstrations. Dial said she was happy to no longer be using the small desks attached to the chairs in the old building. Instead, the new classrooms have tables.
The modernization of the building is the first since its construction was completed in 1969, said Board of Trustees President Doug Otto during his statement at the ceremony.
Prior to the building renovation, the nursing program classrooms and employee offices were in the M and N buildings and the simulation hospital was in the B Building.
Marci Hilton, 31, a nursing major, said, “It’s nice how the sim lab with the three rooms makes it feel like a real hospital.”
Hilton said the rooms in the skill labs are larger than the previous building giving them space to practice. A handout provided by the college says the skills lab increased from 720 to 2,600 square feet and are divided into three rooms.
Ann-Marie Gabel, the vice president of administrative services for LBCC, said, “The sim lab is a state-of-the-art room. The instructor can be in the control room and they can put different symptoms on the mannequins and the students react. It’s more like real life.”
Gabel said she was also pleased the building now has a proper entrance with a lobby.
Hilton and Dial mentioned liking the addition of water bottle fill-up stations in the building and would like to see more at LBCC.
Dial said drinking more water has many health benefits and the stations are also environmentally friendly as people are not buying bottles of water.
Hilton said people in the nursing program rarely go anywhere except the Food Court and their building on the LAC. “The nursing building is our world.”
The next LBCC ceremony will be for a groundbreaking Wednesday, April 27, at the PCC for the QQ and RR buildings, future sites of the electrical program and the lifelong learning center.