Meeting the challenge of providing healthcare specialists

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We were delighted to hear last week of another major commitment by Utica College to science and lab education. The goal is to create a pipeline of well-trained professionals for in-demand healthcare industries.

Empire State Development announced the completion of Utica College’s new $12.5 million Gordon Science Center Annex, a 23,300-square-foot building that houses state-of-the-art laboratory and teaching spaces.

“It’s fitting that this new Science Center, made possible with the support from Empire State Development, opened its doors the same year we celebrate Utica College’s milestone 75th anniversary,” said Dr. Laura M. Casamento, Utica College president.

The Gordon Science Center Annex is located on the main Utica College campus. The Center and the Annex are connected to F. Eugene Romano Hall, the academic building that houses classrooms and laboratories for the upper level health professions courses.

Genetics and molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry, animal physiology and animal behavior, and human anatomy and physiology are just some of the sciences that will be examined, along with creation of numerous labs.

Nationwide shortages of nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists are predicted. It will be up to facilities like UC’s Science Center Annex to help assure that we can meet the challenge.

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