SMC Board of Trustees opens nursing bids
This east-west open area encourages student/faculty interaction outside classroom instruction.
The project doubles the size of SMC’s ACEN-accredited nursing program while adding another health-related occupation, such as occupational therapy assistant or physical therapy assistant.
Four simulation labs replicate hospital rooms with computerized mannequins augmenting clinical instruction.
Two eight-bed skills labs provide students a place to practice inserting IVs, check blood pressure and perform total-body assessments.
Trustees selected Wednesday, Sept. 6, for the Nursing and Health Education Building Construction Celebration.
Featured speaker Michigan Budget Director Al Pscholka was instrumental as a state legislator in securing $4 million from the state for the project.
The celebration is open to the public, with more details to follow.
Following a public hearing, the board adopted a balanced $23,388,000 2017-18 operating budget which increases 1.5 percent over the current year.
Housing increases 3 percent, to $2,447,035 for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
“Southwestern Michigan College remains strong,” Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas F. Jerdon said. “This 1.5-percent increase shows we are committed to affordable access to quality higher education. SMC has adopted a structurally balanced budget every single year since the college’s 1964 founding. I am proud of the Board of Trustees and the college administration for unwavering commitment to sound fiscal management.”