A space of their own: Nursing and Allied Health building opens at Rowan College

By Rebecca Forand for NJ.com on September 18, 2015

DEPTFORD TWP. — Bricks, mortar and glass, it may be simple elements that make up the physical structure of a building, but one new structure at Rowan College at Gloucester County is made up of a lot more, according to the students who will be utilizing it.

RCGC unveiled its new Nursing and Allied Health building Friday, a structure of bricks, mortar and glass that will allow those enrolled in the college's top-ranked nursing, ultrasound, physical therapy assistant and phlebotomy students to get the newest, most technical and hands-on instruction possible in their chosen fields.

Allied Health & NursingRowan College at Gloucester County unveiled its new Nursing and Allied Health Center Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. The new building houses a 3,474-square-foot lecture hall, 16 classrooms and simulation and computer classrooms. Students will now be able to finish a Bachelors Degree in nursing at the location. (Rebecca Forand | for NJ.com)For NJ.com

"It's gorgeous. We actually have our own space," said Jennifer Fontanez, a diagnostic medical sonography student at the school, referencing how previously the allied health students shared classrooms and labs with the nursing students.

"I think it will help us to be better prepared," adding first-year nursing student Jessica Stowell.

The two-story, 41,672-square-feet building has a 3,474-suare-foot lecture hall, 16 classrooms, simulation, computer and computer testing classrooms and work areas, as well as a conference room and administrative offices. Design is by Garrison Architects of Bellmawr.

Current and former students, as well as RCGC faculty and both county and state elected officials gathered Friday to celebrate the opening of the building, which is part of the state's higher education capital financing program.

It was funded by $2.857 million from the county and the state's Higher Education Construction Bond funded $8.572 million. "This building is an investment in our future and in our student's future," County Freeholder Director Robert Damminger said.

"The building we sit in now is an example of the ongoing, long-standing commitment that this Freeholder board has to higher education in the county of Gloucester with this fine institution."

Within the new building RCGC students will now be able to continue their nursing education beyond what most community colleges can offer with students able to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through Rowan University.

Former student, and current nurse, Amanda Racan addressed the gathered crowd Friday to discuss the benefits of her education at RCGC and how this new resource will assist those who follow in her footsteps.

"This new building is a wonderful addition to the already wonderful program," she said. "These walls will soon be the home of the blood, sweat and tears of our future nurses."

 

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