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Commentary: Health science complex totally transforms learning environment

By Kamri Jackson

Kamri Jackson

GROSSMONT COLLEGE– The Ribbon has been cut. The futurist
building is complete; it is official. On Friday, Sept. 17, Grossmont faculty, students, and esteemed guests celebrated the opening of the brand new, “state of the art” Health and Sciences Complex.. Grossmont College President, Dr. Sunita Cooke described the building as “futuristic, functional, and stunning,” during the opening ceremony.

In addition, Cooke stated that the building functions as “a beautiful space to study, explore, and socialize.”

The $35 million futuristic building would not have become reality, if it were not for Proposition R, which was passed in 2002 by East County voters. It took two years from the date of the first groundbreaking,
up to the grand opening to complete. Citizen’s Bond Oversight
Committee chair, Ron Asbury, stated that the change order of construction was 1.5%, which is well below industry standards.” He credited “efficient planning” and “great people.”

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Health-science complex surprisingly high-tech

Ribbon-cutting photo

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release) – An impressive array of demonstrations of everything from high-tech mannequins filling in as faux patients to a mock crime scene replete with a murder “victim” slumped over a living room sofa capped the grand opening Friday, Sept. 17, of Grossmont College’s new health and sciences complex, almost two years to the day after a groundbreaking ceremony at what was then little more than a large dirt lot.

“I absolutely love this building,” Grossmont College President Sunny Cooke said. “The mixing of education, simulation, training, exploration, research, hands-on learning and technology-intensive experiences is unlike that found in any other building on this campus.”

The lifelike mannequins that are programmed to respond as patients to the prodding of nursing students is but one feature of the facility chockfull of learning labs, each lending its own twist to real-world  instruction. A casting room for the orthopedic technology program. A mock apartment for students in the occupational therapy assistant program.   A blood-spatter room for forensic technology students to analyze blood drops. A laser photography room for bullet trajectory analysis.  A rooftop deck for astronomy students and star-gazers.  Simulated ICU patient stations with ventilators to train respiratory therapy students. Sound booths and a therapy room simulating a clinical setting for students seeking careers as speech-language pathology assistants.

These are among the multiple learning labs inside the $35 million complex, the last completely new building at Grossmont College to be constructed with funds from the 2002 passage of Proposition R, the $207 million facilities bond measure, and state bonds.

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