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Science building to be expanded with lab classrooms

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Ground was broken this spring for an $11.3 million annex to the Robert H. Wick Science Building.  The project, which will add 24,000 square feet of lab classroom space to the building, is targeted for completion in December 2008.

The initiative was prompted in part by establishment, in 2002, of a nursing program that has trained a total of 128 registered nurse candidates.  The popular program has dramatically increased the number of SCSU students taking entry-level biology and chemistry programs to prepare for a possible nursing major.  

The high level of interest in the program is a good fit with workforce needs – the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development projects that, for the decade ending in 2012, the state needs 27,000 more nurses.

The annex will hold four general chemistry labs, a biochemistry lab, two general biology labs, two anatomy labs and immunology, advanced DNA and mammalian cell culture labs.

- Marge Proell

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