Administration and students attend ceremony// Iness Rabah

Administration and students attend ceremony// Iness Rabah

By Adam Grassani, Features Editor

May 17, 2016 was an incredibly special day for Bergen Community College, as the Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center was finally opened to the public. At 9:30 a.m. that day, anyone could show up to witness the ribbon-cutting and take a tour of the entire building with free refreshments.

The building is a total 63,000 square feet, and the entire project cost a total of $25.5 million dollars, with the majority of the funding coming from the “Building our Future Bond Act,” which was approved by voters in November of 2012. The building was designed by RSC Architects. It is the first building constructed on campus since West Hall in 2007.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was welcomed by television anchor Steve Adubato, and also featured remarks from the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, E. Carter Corriston, the President of Bergen Community College, Dr. B. Kaye Walter, who presented an opening promotion for the center, and Bergen County Executive, James Tedesco III.

Board of Trustees cuts ribbon for the opening of Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center// Iness Rabah

Board of Trustees cuts ribbon for the opening of Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center// Iness Rabah

“It’s always an honor to usher in a new era at our institution as we seek to provide our students with the best possible resources, and we have,” Corriston said. “As to the facilities I just mentioned [West Hall and the Technology Education Center] they raised the level of learning opportunities available for our students. The Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center will undoubtedly do the same or better.”

The interior of the three floor building is an impressive structure with outstanding lighting. It features a total of 19 SMART classrooms and 13 laboratories, which focus on dental hygiene, radiography, diagnostic medical sonography, surgical technology, respiratory care, nursing skills, and pharmacy technology.

Along with the large variety of classes and labs comes a 24 chair dental clinic. Students can take 600 hours of clinical instruction and actually provide low-cost oral healthcare for Bergen’s community. On the top floor is a simulation center for labor and delivery, long term and intensive care, ambulatory pediatrics and an emergency room. Lastly, also on the top floor, is the health professions division containing an office, student services and a conference room.

“We have arrived at a landmark day in the history of our institution today and I am honored to be the president standing here to witness it,” said president Walter. “This was a dream for our college that now has become a reality. Thank you so much.”