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11/1/2017 Member News
MCCC Celebrates Opening of New 145,000 Square-Foot Health Sciences Center

MCCC celebrates opening of new 145,000 Square-Foot Health Sciences Center

October 31, 2017, Blue Bell, Pa.—Montgomery County Community College’s new 145,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art Health Sciences Center positions the College to be a regional leader in health and wellness education to be the catalyst to change lives.

State, township and local officials joined MCCC in celebrating the opening of the Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 30.

“Due to strides in medical research and a growing older population, health care is one of the fastest developing industries and largest employers today,” said Dr. Kevin Pollock, President of Montgomery County Community College. “With the anticipated demand for a trained health care workforce, we planned and executed the renovation and expansion of this building, so we could prepare students to work in these growing careers.”

The Center includes 14 laboratories for Health Science programs; a Dental Hygiene Clinic with 25 operatories, x-ray rooms and simulation laboratories; a multipurpose competition gym with seating for 1,100 people; a 7,000 square-foot fitness center; an educational gym; and 11 classrooms and office suite.

Construction started in September 2015 to transform the existing Physical Education building, constructed in 1970 when MCCC relocated its campus from Conshohocken to Blue Bell, into a state-of-the-art Health Sciences Center.

 “Our primary goal is student success, and in this Center, our students receive the real world, hands-on experience and confidence they need to success when they enter the health care workforce,” said MCCC Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Victoria Bastecki-Perez.  She adds, “Its flexible design allows us to adapt programs to accommodate changing demands in County jobs.”

The building incorporates sustainability features such as the use of energy-efficient equipment, LED lighting, natural lighting and recycled materials. The attractive exterior landscape also has a sustainability focus with a specially designed rain garden—a basin that captures rainwater and prevents runoff—allowing the natural environment to ?ourish.

About Montgomery County Community College

For more than 50 years, Montgomery County Community College has grown with the community to meet the evolving educational needs of Montgomery County. The College’s comprehensive curriculum includes more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as customized workforce training and certifications. Students enjoy the flexibility of learning at the College’s thriving campuses in Blue Bell and Pottstown, at the Culinary Arts Institute in Lansdale, and online through a robust Virtual Campus. 

As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, the institution is positioned at the vanguard of national efforts to increase completion, improve learning outcomes, and remove barriers to access for students. The College is also recognized regionally and nationally for its sustainability leadership, work with military veterans, community service and service learning opportunities, and use of classroom technology. For more information, visit http://www.mc3.edu/

11.1 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony  

11.1 Tour 2  
11.1 Tour 1

Ribbon cutting: Montgomery County Community College celebrated its new Health Sciences Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 30. The new 145,000 square-foot Center is home to the College’s Health Care and Exercise and Wellness programs, Municipal Police Academy and Athletics program. Photo by David DeBalko

Tour 1 & 2:  Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, visitors toured the building and saw demonstrations by students using the patient simulators.  Photos by David DeBalko