Corning Community College, the City of Corning, and the State of New York are preparing to cut the ribbon for the Health Education Center: a building designed with today – and tomorrow – in mind.
Our faculty and staff are eager to leverage the enhanced teaching and learning opportunities woven into the very fabric of Corning’s latest state-of-the-art building.
I invite the entire community to help us celebrate. This accomplishment is possible because of collaborative efforts that touched every part of our community, leveraged expertise and input from building designers and building users, and found support at all levels of government – from Corning to Albany.
Each of our partners recognized the ever-increasing need for health care professionals in our community and across the state. Together, we recognized that the former educational opportunities were not in our community’s best interest. Incapable of preparing the sheer number of professionals we need with the breadth of skills and competencies that society expects, literally hundreds of people collaborated to breathe life into Corning Community College’s Health Education Center.
The building was funded primarily with Consolidated Funding and Upstate Revitalization Funds, which was a noteworthy demonstration of collaboration, pulling together leaders from the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council, Guthrie health care executives, business leaders, and elected officials. The 21,000 square foot, three-floor building rose in a matter of few short months, demanding efficient and effective partnerships between government officials, engineers, architects, designers, foremen and contractors.
Thanks to this synergy, the Health Education Center will prepare health care professionals dedicated to serving our community and communities like ours across the state. It paves the way for Corning Community College to educate more nursing students every year. In addition, the building will be home to the College’s newest academic program: Community and Public Health. This program caters to budding epidemiologists, biostatisticians, art therapists, health policy and management analysts, health communicators, as well as health and nutrition educators in industries that include private and non-profit and range from corporate to public education.
To prepare these students, collaborations of a different kind are necessary and —I am pleased to report — falling into place.
Partnerships with executives and practitioners at local health care facilities, corporations, high schools, and non-profit organizations ensure that our programs and teaching remain relevant and our students engage in hands-on experiences that solidify classroom instruction.
Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” I am honored to be a member of such a forward-thinking, collaborative community and look forward to celebrating with you at our open house later this week.
Dr. Katherine P. Douglas is the president of Corning Community College.
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