ESSEX—The Hogan administration announced the Board of Public Works approval of four capital grants agreements, totaling over $49 million, dedicated to fostering essential projects at four of Maryland’s higher educational institutions.
“Each dollar we provide to Maryland’s higher education institutions is an investment in our economy and our future,” said Governor Hogan. “These grants will help expand access to education, strengthen our workforce, and provide additional opportunities to our students and businesses.”
The grants, which are administered through the Maryland Department of General Services’ Capital Grants Division, were awarded to Anne Arundel Community College, Allegany College of Maryland, the Community College of Baltimore County, and Montgomery College.
“Our department takes great pride in promoting and supporting Maryland’s higher education institutions,” General Services Secretary Ellington E. Churchill Jr. said. “These grants will support necessary repairs, additions, and upgrades at the respective college campuses.”
Through its $17 million grant, the Community College of Baltimore County plans to renovate and expand its Carol D. Eustis Center for Health Professions at CCBC Essex, which houses the School of Health Professions, the School of Applied and Informed Technology, and the Continuing Education and Economic Development-Allied Health program.
According to the CCBC’s website, the new four-story, 120,000 square foot Carol D. Eustis Center for Health Professions building will provide labs, classrooms, and offices for CCBC Health Professions departments and an expanded 140-seat testing center with sections for adaptability, including eight reduced-distraction testing rooms for special needs students. CCBC Essex Health Professions housed in the building include Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Imaging, Radiation Therapy, Emergency Medical Technology, Physician Assistant, Massage Therapy, and Medical Laboratory Testing. The project is slated for completion and occupancy for the fall 2020 semester.
Highlights of the new building include simulation labs with computer-controlled mannequins that can mimic patient conditions; a home environment simulation lab for “real world” emergency response practice; debriefing rooms for students to view colleagues in simulation labs or their own performance; an Academic Conference Center with adaptable layouts for team-based learning with instructor-led broadcast capabilities; small spaces for students for individual, group study or supplemental instruction; simulated exam and hospital patient rooms; and a cross-discipline simulation lab which can mimic emergency room station conditions.