Long Beach City College Celebrates Grand Opening of Newly Renovated Nursing Facility

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(Left to right for ribbon-cutting) Jeff Kellogg, LBCCD Board of Trustee Member; Judy Wisenbaker, Department Head and Program Director for LBCC’s Vocational Nursing Program; Dr. Virginia Baxter, LBCCD Board of Trustee Member; Dr. Paul Creason, LBCC’s Dean of the School of Health, Kinesiology, Science and Mathematics; Sunny Zia, LBCCD Board of Trustee Member; Anne-Marie Gabel, LBCC Vice President of Administrative Services; Doug Otto, Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees President; Irma Archuleta, LBCCD Board of Trustees Vice-President; and Sigrid Sexton, LBCC Program Director for Registered Nursing. LBCC Nursing Students are also in the photo.

(Left to right for ribbon-cutting) Jeff Kellogg, LBCCD Board of Trustee Member; Judy Wisenbaker, Department Head and Program Director for LBCC’s Vocational Nursing Program; Dr. Virginia Baxter, LBCCD Board of Trustee Member; Dr. Paul Creason, LBCC’s Dean of the School of Health, Kinesiology, Science and Mathematics; Sunny Zia, LBCCD Board of Trustee Member; Anne-Marie Gabel, LBCC Vice President of Administrative Services; Doug Otto, Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees President; Irma Archuleta, LBCCD Board of Trustees Vice-President; and Sigrid Sexton, LBCC Program Director for Registered Nursing. LBCC Nursing Students are also in the photo.

Long Beach City College celebrated the grand opening of a newly renovated, $11.65-million state-of-the-art classroom and training facility for its Nursing Program today, March 14.

The 23,000-square-foot facility, also known as Building C, is the new home of the Nursing Program. The renovation, which began in October 2014, is the first major overhaul of the 45-year-old structure.

“The Building C renovation allows Long Beach City College to keep pace with rapid advancements in the healthcare field and continue to give our students the skills and training they need to succeed in the workforce,” said LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “These upgrades will help the LBCC Nursing Program enhance its already excellent reputation.”

Building C has been transformed into a state-of-the-art simulation hospital training facility that houses:

  • a 1,336-square-foot simulation hospital with three patient care rooms, linked to a control room that allows faculty to set up different training situations for students
  • closed circuit cameras to monitor real-time procedures in an expandable skills lab
  • classrooms with audio-visual systems that allow students to view procedures from the simulation area
  • lifelike mannequin “patients” for students to practice critical skills such as assessing vital signs, drawing blood, and inserting catheters and intravenous lines
  • state-of-the-art data, telecommunications and electrical systems
  • larger faculty offices and new space for adjunct faculty
  • new computer labs and conference rooms

The Nursing Program, which includes the Associate Degree Nursing and the Vocational Nursing programs, can now operate at full capacity by educating 220 students per semester.

The modernization of Building C is funded by the Measure E Bond that was passed overwhelmingly by voters in 2002 and 2008 and granted $616 million for capital improvements at both LBCC campuses. Building C is part of a series of new and remodeled buildings at LBCC’s Liberal Arts Campus and Pacific Coast Campus thanks to Measure E funding.

The Cordoba Corp. oversees and manages all Measure E projects. BCA Architects and Construct One designed and constructed Building C.

In attendance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were: Doug Otto, Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees President; Irma Archuleta, LBCCD Board of Trustees Vice-President; Dr. Virginia Baxter, LBCCD Board of Trustee Member; Jeff Kellogg, LBCCD Board of Trustee Member; Sunny Zia, LBCCD Board of Trustee Member; Anne-Marie Gabel, LBCC Vice President of Administrative Services; Dr. Paul Creason, LBCC’s Dean of the School of Health, Kinesiology, Science and Mathematics; Sigrid Sexton, LBCC Program Director for Registered Nursing; and Judy Wisenbaker, Department Head and Program Director for LBCC’s Vocational Nursing Program.

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