Senator Tom Carper Visits Delaware Tech for Update on Nursing/Energy Management Programs

STANTON – On April 4, 2014, U.S. Senator Tom Carper visited Delaware Tech’s Stanton Campus to tour the new Sustainable Energy Training Center (SETC) and visit the nursing program.

The SETC is funded in part by grants from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and will house the College’s new energy management program. The SETC is a LEED-certified 5,200 square foot training building with labs and classrooms. It will join the Energy House at the Owens Campus and The Center for Energy Education and Training at the Terry Campus to complete a statewide learning system that will serve as the region’s first comprehensive workforce development center to support a growing green economy.

Senator Carper visited a fourth semester nursing lab and watched the students perform simulation exercises. The nursing wing is being expanded by 40,000 square feet as part of the College’s effort to meet the high employee demand in health care. The expansion will incorporate four state-of-the-art nursing labs, clinical simulation space, and additional classrooms. 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 current space will also be renovated and will comprise 21,185 additional square feet of space. Completion is scheduled for August 2014.

Senator Carper said he was impressed by the progress that Delaware Tech was making on the new spaces, and praised the College’s commitment to creating programs that meet Delaware business’s needs.

Photo Captions: Energy Management Department Chair Mary Marchegiano explains some of the features of the new SETC to Senator Carper. Senator Carper talks to fourth year nursing students during a simulation lab.