News from Montgomery College

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Date: January 16, 2004 (04-06)
Contacts: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

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Montgomery College To Open New Health Sciences Center
Public Invited to Tour Facility at Saturday, Jan. 31 Open House 

            Montgomery College invites the public to an open house on Saturday, Jan. 31, 9 a.m. to noon, to celebrate the grand opening of its new Health Sciences Center, located at 7977 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.  The Health Sciences Center houses classrooms and laboratories for the College’s various health sciences programs, such as nursing and surgical technology, as well as Montgomery College’s Giant Food Center for Business Training and the Holy Cross Hospital Health Center.   

“The opening of this spectacular new Health Sciences Center marks an incredibly exciting time for Montgomery College and for our community,” said Montgomery College President Charlene R. Nunley.  “With so much demand for nurses and other health care specialists, we have long sought to grow these academic programs and provide our students with the opportunity to be educated in world-class facilities, and finally, we are celebrating the realization of that dream.”

The open house will feature tours of the building and demonstrations of the state-of-the-art medical equipment that will be used by Montgomery College students.  Visitors will also receive free blood pressure screening tests. 

Information will be available at the open house about the College’s credit and noncredit health sciences courses and the College’s complete Workforce Development and Continuing Education offerings, including business training courses.  College representatives will be on hand to discuss admissions, student employment services, the Montgomery College Educational Opportunity Center, youth programs, and many other programs.  For the business community, the Gateway-Georgia Avenue Revitalization Corporation will present a forum about cross-promotion and partnerships. 

The Health Sciences Center is the first new building in 25 years at the Montgomery College-Takoma Park Campus – the oldest of Montgomery College’s three campuses.  Long challenged by the space constraints, the health sciences programs will be able to accommodate more students and provide the opportunity to learn in a state-of-the-art learning environment.   The 98,000 square-foot, $13.5 million dollar facility was designed by Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & Engineering P.C. and constructed by Bovis Lend Lease, Inc. 

Montgomery College has six credit programs in the health sciences: health information technology, nursing, diagnostic medical sonography, physical therapist assistant, radiologic (x-ray) technology, and surgical technology.  The College also offers non-credit workforce development and adult education health sciences courses, which include diagnostic imaging, gerontology, medical billing, wellness, CPR and first aid.

Housed on the first floor of the Health Sciences Center, the Holy Cross Hospital Health Center at Montgomery College will provide primary care to uninsured adults and serve as a training site for Montgomery College Health Sciences students.  With primary care services as well as health education classes, screenings, and support groups, approximately 5,000 visits are expected each year.  Care will be provided by nurse practitioners, with appropriate physician oversight, and a physician/medical director.  The Holy Cross Hospital Health Center is scheduled to open February 2, 2004.

Additionally, the first floor of the Health Sciences Center houses Montgomery College’s Giant Food Center for Business Training.  Equipped with six new corporate training classrooms and two computer labs, this one-stop business training center will provide the most up-to-date education that students can use on the job.  Employers and community organizations will also be able to utilize the Center for training tailor-made to meet their needs.

The Health Sciences Center is the first of a $91 million dollar three-building expansion for the campus and the first of two buildings along Georgia Avenue in south Silver Spring.  Later this year, the College is expected to break ground for construction of a Student Services Center.  The third phase of the project will be the Cultural Arts Center, which will feature a large 500-seat auditorium and a smaller theatre.  To connect the existing campus with expansion in South Silver Spring, a footbridge is currently under construction which will allow students to cross the CSX/WMATA railroad tracks.

            For more information about the grand opening of the Health Sciences Center or any of Montgomery College’s programs, call 240-567-5000 or log on to www.montgomerycollege.edu.

            Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development and continuing education centers in Gaithersburg, Wheaton and now, Silver Spring.  The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and non-credit programs, in more than 100 areas of study. 

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