Cape Cod Community College Unveils $3.7 Million Nursing Facility

WEST BARNSTABLE – Cape Cod Community College unveiled its new $3.7 million Nursing and Allied Health Center Wednesday afternoon.

The college held a ribbon cutting ceremony with its major project donors at the main campus in West Barnstable.

The Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation provided $1 million dollars toward the project, benefactor Maureen Wilkens donated $1.15 million and the Cape Cod 5 Charitable Foundation contributed $250,000.

College President Dr. John Cox said they were able to complete the project from announcement to opening in less than a year.

He described it as, “the community rising up to invest in its community college, providing a transformational pathway for more students to enter professional healthcare careers.”

Cape Cod Healthcare President and CEO Michael Lauf called the new facility a “win-win for the college” that will create a bridge to employment for nursing students.

He said the multi-million dollar project was all about opportunity and optimism for the community, and will help make Cape Cod a healthier place to live and work.

“This $1 million expansion, renovation and upgrade, which is absolutely fantastic, will provide education and clinical space that it second to none,” said Lauf.

He also announced plans by Cape Cod Healthcare to provide $1,000,000 in scholarships for nursing students, saying the demand for RN’s on Cape Cod is extremely high.

Lauf said Cape Cod Community College now has one of the preeminent nursing education facilities in southeastern Massachusetts.

Cape Cod 5 CEO Dorothy Savarese said the bank’s charitable wing specifically sets aside philanthropy for Cape Cod Healthcare and Cape Cod Community College each year.

“We feel an obligation to support them both,” she said at the ribbon cutting.

Savarese said the updated program will also give Cape Codders access to more year-round jobs.

“It’s important to increase nursing capacity,” she said.

Cape Cod Community College has about 180 total students enrolled in all of its nursing programs.

By MATT PITTA, CapeCod.com News Director

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