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College Celebrates Nursing Wing Expansion Project Milestone

STANTON – On September 5, 2013, Delaware Tech students, faculty and administrators gathered at the Stanton Campus to celebrate a milestone in the Nursing Wing Expansion Project which began in April. The campus community had the opportunity to add their signatures to the ceremonial final steel beam of the structure in a “topping out” ceremony. The tradition of the topping out ceremony dates back to ancient times. Ironworkers say it brings good luck.

After the signatures were added, the beam was hoisted onto the highest point of the structure as a crowd watched and cheered. The expansion is slated for completion in August 2014. Funding for this expansion was obtained through a combination of state and local monies. College President Dr. Orlando J. George, Jr., said that the project funding was a testament to the critical training that Delaware Tech provides. “With health care occupations expected to grow exponentially over the next five years, Delaware Tech is focused on preparing our students for these high-demand fields.”

The popular Nursing Department at the Stanton Campus has operated out of the same 10,000 square foot “C” wing space for many years, even as the number of enrolled students has nearly doubled over the last 10 years. Despite the cramped space, the department has continued to thrive, maintaining academic excellence as measured by NCLEX pass rates, employer feedback, and job placement rates.

The College recognized the need for more space to continue to prepare students for contemporary nursing practice. The C Wing Expansion Committee was formed, comprised of Stanton/Wilmington Campus administrators, Administrative Services, architects and nursing faculty. A 20,000 square foot addition to the "C" Wing was designed which incorporates four state-of-the-art nursing labs, clinical simulation space, additional classrooms and office space. It will also include breakout space for students to participate in debriefing following learning, as well as to gather and study. The highly-anticipated new space will relieve the current overcrowding and enable faculty and students to incorporate more technology and learner engagement into the Nursing Program.

"The Nursing Department is excited about the construction of the new expansion. The new spaces will provide flexibility in teaching and learning and incorporate more technology into the existing program,” says Karen Rollo, Acting Instructional Director/Chair of the Nursing Department. “This additional space will allow students more opportunity to integrate new knowledge, to work in collaborative teams, and to utilize high fidelity simulation for learning. The focus of our new curriculum is hands-on learning and a student-centered classroom, and this expansion will provide the space to allow this to occur."