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Photo by Alexis Goring. At the Prince George's County Community College's grand opening of its new Center for Health Studies on Wednesday, May 1, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said, "With the opening of this world-class training facility, we are developing a workforce pipeline for Prince George’s County."

Photo by Alexis Goring. At the Prince George's County Community College's grand opening of its new Center for Health Studies on Wednesday, May 1, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said, "With the opening of this world-class training facility, we are developing a workforce pipeline for Prince George’s County."

Published on: Friday, May 03, 2013

By Alexis A. Goring

The grand opening of the Center for Health Studies at Prince George’s Community College drew a large crowd of students, staff and distinguished leaders in the community including Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and PGCC President Charlene Dukes Wednesday.

“It was a little over two years ago when many of us assembled on this very spot to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Center for Health Studies at Prince George’s Community College,” Dukes said as she addressed the crowd. “At that time, we spoke of our vision for providing a facility that would not only serve our students but would also facilitate the collaborative nature of learning in a global, technologically-driven world. And today, you are standing in the realization of that vision.

“But let me be clear. A building alone does not determine the quality of a student’s education. However, it can be a huge factor in making the educational process a more effective and pleasant experience for all.”

The Center for Health Studies is an academic building encompassing more than 112,000 total square feet with 11 classrooms and 26 state-of-the-art simulation labs.

Photo courtesy of Prince George's Community College. A Center for Health Studies instructor shows off the center's ambulance, where students train to become emergency medical technicians, during a media tour of the facility earlier this year.

Photo courtesy of Prince George's Community College. A Center for Health Studies instructor shows off the center's ambulance, where students train to become emergency medical technicians, during a media tour of the facility earlier this year.

This new building will play a critical role in training and educating the next generation of nurses, emergency medical technicians, and medical assistants. It also will address increased demands in the health care workforce as research shows three of Maryland’s five fastest growing job sectors are in the fields of health and health information technology. 

“A center of this magnitude would not have been possible without the support of the state and (Prince George’s) County,” said Angela Anderson, dean of Health Sciences. “The center costs-to-date total approximately $36.4 million (including furnishings and equipment). Of that amount, the State of Maryland provided $22.7 million and Prince George’s County government (provided) $13.7 million.”

The Center for Health Studies has more than 2,400 faculty members and staff and 44,000 students.

“The opening of this magnificent facility is not solely for the benefit of our students,” Dukes said, “but rather more about the future of the county.”

The lieutenant governor agreed.

“Our administration is committed to investing in Maryland’s infrastructure, creating jobs and preparing the workforce. Our community colleges are a critical part of these efforts,” Brown said. “With the opening of this world-class training facility, we are developing a workforce pipeline for Prince George’s County. It is our hope that PGCC graduates choose to take jobs in our county, whether it’s through our new Health Enterprise Zone program, or in the new, state-of-the art Regional Medical Center that we remain committed to building right here in Prince George’s County.”

According to Dukes, PGCC has a 10-year capital improvement plan, and the next on-campus facility that will undergo renovation is Lanham Hall with plans to start in 2014 and move through 2016.

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