Students will be able to prepare for two new allied health care professions beginning in the fall of 2012, thanks to generous financial support from the BHHS Legacy Foundation and additional support from the MCC Foundation.
The Legacy Foundation, an Arizona charitable organization whose philanthropic mission is to enhance the quality of life and health of those it serves, has pledged roughly $1.8 million and the MCC Foundation approximately $210,000 to construct a new building that will be approximately 14,000 square feet. The college will commit at least $1 million to equip the new building.
The new Legacy Foundation Allied Health Sciences Building II will house a new radiologic technology program and a new health Information technology program. It will be home to the expanding medical assistant program, the emergency medical technician program, faculty offices and a new biology lab. The building will also include an office suite for the Legacy Foundation.
“The demand for a radiologic technology program in Mohave County has been high for quite some time,” said MCC President Dr. Michael Kearns. “In the current economic climate, with deep cuts in state funds, a new project like this would not have been possible without the help of these two foundations.
“In 2004, the Legacy Foundation donated the Legacy Foundation Allied Health Sciences Building on the Bullhead City campus, making it possible for the college to launch the dental hygiene and dental assistant programs there. It is also home to the registered nursing program for that campus and a science lab,” Kearns added.
“The Legacy Foundation has multiple goals in awarding this grant,” said Foundation Chairman Daniel J. Oehler. “First, and of greatest import, is the Foundation’s objective to develop and expand the availability of health maintenance facilities and programs within our community. To best accomplish that objective, training and education of our local residents is desirable.
“Once trained, and with professional credentials, the likelihood of those individuals remaining in our service area is greatly enhanced and they become a tremendous asset to our community.
“Second, we simultaneously enhance the income earning potential of our local students who enroll in these programs. These are all long-term goals. The short-term objective is to provide funding for this project that will assist local contractors and suppliers of construction materials who have the opportunity to participate in the development of the project.”
Oehler added that “the Foundation is proud to be in a position to facilitate the development of this great project.”
Gerald Wissink, chief executive officer of the BHHS Legacy Foundation, said, “Developing and expanding Arizona’s healthcare workforce through education is one of our Foundation’s major strategic priorities. We are impressed with the work of MCC and congratulate them on their leadership and commitment to educating Arizona’s future healthcare workforce.”
The MCC Board approved the agreement with the Legacy Foundation at its August meeting, and awarded a contract to DLR Group for design and construction oversight of the new facility. DLR Group was selected from eight architectural firms responding to a request for proposal, based on a rigid set of criteria and a live presentation to the college.
Once plans are completed, the project will go out for construction bids. Construction will begin as quickly as possible to accommodate an August, 2012 opening.
Nancy Mongeau, Legacy Foundation vice president for program development, said, “The partnership between education and healthcare is vitally important. BHHS Legacy Foundation is very excited and proud to work in partnership with MCC in bringing these two new and much needed healthcare career education opportunities to our tri-state communities.”
For information about the programs that will be housed in the new Allied Health Sciences Building II, talk with an academic advisor at the nearest MCC campus.
Cutline: Members of the BHHS Legacy Foundation board of directors gather around plans for the new Legacy Foundation Allied Health Sciences Building Two on the Bullhead City campus of Mohave Community College, as Mohave Community College Board President Julie Bare and Bullhead City campus dean Shawn Bristle look on. Seated (L-R) are Legacy board members Allen Johnson and Dr. Gordon Ritter, Chairman Daniel J. Oehler and Nancy Mongeau, vice president for program development, board members Dr. Tom Dallman and Joe Heath.