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Columbia Basin College new health care center

RICHLAND, Wash. - Healthcare education in the Tri-Cities got a huge boost with a new look.

Columbia Basin College held a dedication ceremony for it's new Health Science Center in Richland.

The building is four stories and 66,000 square feet.  The laboratories are state of the art and there is a medical library. 

CBC worked with Kadlec Medical Center and state officials to get funds to make the center a reality.

CBC President Lee Thornton said the building puts us on the cutting edge of health care education and hopes it will attract students to our area.

The total project cost 13 point 2 million dollars.

Eric Nilson is a coordinator for the CBC paramedic program.  He said, "It's extremely futuristic training.  It enables us to train paramedic students, nursing students like we never have before... in as real of life and situation as we possibly can without actually having to do the work on a human being."

The center will house almost all of CBC's health sciences.  The nursing program is expected to double in size with the increased space of the building.