Prince George’s Community College has created a facility where students can have access to new technology and training for high-demand health care occupations.
According to the college, beginning Aug. 27, the new Center for Health Studies will offer 26 state-of-the-art simulation labs to give students real-world clinical experiences. There also will be space for new programs like medical assistant, physician’s assistant and surgical technology.
“The college partnered with state and county governments to create the Center for Health Studies in response to a growing demand for trained healthcare providers,” Angela Anderson, dean of health sciences, said in a statement. “Opening the new center allows the college to expand and enhance existing clinical programs and develop new areas of specialization to address workforce shortages.”
The college reported that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for those in healthcare will see significant growth as high as 33 percent over the next eight years.
The state of Maryland, along with Prince George’s County, provided more than $43 million in funding for the construction of the new facility. The college and Prince George’s Community College Foundation Inc. also raised more than $8 million as part of a fundraising campaign to outfit the building.