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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Local college addresses nursing shortage with new building

Out with the old, in with the new. The demolition of one of Aiken Technical College’s oldest buildings has begun, marking a significant time in the College’s history. It also marks the future as one of the building projects includes the construction of a new Nursing Education Center.

As ABD has previously reported, the nursing shortage is a concern in the CSRA. Aiken Tech has added evening nursing classes and now plans to address the growing need for nurses in the CSRA through new construction.

In the next few months, four buildings which include some of the first built on campus will be demolished.

Aiken Tech is proactive in the CSRA nursing shortage by starting an evening nurse training program and now by building a Nursing Education Center.

“Removing the buildings that have served their purpose and are no longer in use opens the door for us to explore ways the space can be repurposed to help the College meet our community’s needs for another 50 years,” said Aiken Tech President, Forest E. Mahan, Ph.D.

“The Nursing Education Center will enable us to provide the space needed to help address the growing nursing shortage in our region and state.”

Aiken Tech expects the planning phase for the Nursing Education Center to last through 2023 and to have a groundbreaking in early 2024. Once construction commences, the process is expected to take about 18 months.

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