SCC to Host Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Hall of Sciences on May 1


Southeastern Community College (SCC) will host a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Hall of Sciences on Monday, May 1, at 4:30 p.m. on the West Burlington campus.

The Hall of Sciences is phase two of the Matteson Health & Science Complex. The first phase included the Health Professions Center which opened in August of last year.

The Hall of Sciences will play a key role in supporting SCC’s continued development of advanced programming in the sciences to better serve local students. The facility will replace the current tired, out-of-date labs, some of which date back to the 70’s. It is scheduled to be open for classes in the fall of 2018.

“This building is going to be very high-tech,” says SCC President Dr. Michael Ash. “Thousands of families choose SCC every year for our quality educational opportunities. We’re finally able to provide the modern facilities to match the quality of our science programming.”

SCC Enrollment Coordinator Dana Chrisman says many area science-focused students are attracted to four-year colleges and universities by their modern labs and facilities.

“Those who forego earning a two-year degree from SCC end up spending tens of thousands of dollars more for their education. This facility will put us on the map and students will see the excellent education they can get right here.”

The $8.6 million building will house the latest training equipment and facilities. It will include state-of-the-art labs for biology, chemistry and physics, a greenhouse, a multimedia-rich classroom, faculty offices, and student gathering spaces.

The mild winter and warm spring have allowed developers to get a jump on construction. Crews have nearly completed a 105-stall parking lot adjacent to the new building, along with a new frontage road that will connect the complex to the rest of the campus. Installation of the steel structure for the building could begin as early as next week.

Dr. Ash says that administrators are working with representatives from the University of Iowa to offer an Engineering degree program taught by Iowa Engineering faculty on SCC’s West Burlington campus.  He adds that staff are also working with Iowa State, UNI and other schools to offer more on-site BA degrees in sciences and health such as Pharmacy Tech, Pre-Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy.

Ash continues that having modern facilities demonstrate SCC’s commitment to offering the kind of educational opportunities our community needs. “Not everyone can leave the area to get their bachelor’s degree. That’s why we’re partnering with universities to bring their pro-grams here. These facilities will help make those partnerships possible.”

The event is free and open to the public.

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