Belmont College unveiled their brand new state of the art Health Sciences Center on Saturday to help students remember why they started at Belmont College.
Belmont College President Paul Gasparro says most college students remember their higher degrees but tend to forgot where they started their education.
“I’m excited, I think it’s going to be wonderful, I think it’s going to give us a lot more to work with and we’ll be more functional out in the public,” said Nursing Student Leslie Rodak.
The new building is stocked with equipment such as new simulation mannequins.
“All new labs, new simulation labs which actually the mannequins help the nurses learn more thoroughly where teachers can actually change the different situation that they’re encountering,” said Nursing Student Kimberly Fador.
Belmont College President Paul Gasparro is hoping the new building and the technology inside will help attract future students and allow the college to stand out from other in the area.
“We want them to be thinking about us, matter of fact we want to be their first choice for a college. This allows that to happen, especially if they’re thinking about any of the health sciences. This is the cutting edge of STEM, our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, and it allows us to keep ahead of the rest of the crowd that’s trying to just do the job. This allows us to excel at the job,” said Gasparro.
Speaking of excelling at the job, students believe the Health Sciences Building and the new technology will allow them to do just that once they get their degrees.
“I think being able to use it hands on in a classroom is going to make us more functional in a hospital because it’s going to be the up to date things that the hospitals are using and not having to say, ‘Well it would look like this.’,” Rodak said.
While they hope to be walking into a job soon, students are just happy to be walking into a building with tons of light and bright colors to start the new school year.
“It makes it a lot more inviting to come and know and have everything so open and airy and not feel so closed and boxed in a normal classroom,” said Fador.
Students in the Health and Science programs also will each receive an iPad from the College to help with instruction and hopefully cut down the cost of textbooks or eliminate them completely for some courses.
The Fall Semester at Belmont College starts August 24th.