The Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents joined Connors State College (CSC) faculty and staff along with a host of others to break ground on the CSC Nursing and Allied Health Building on Thursday, April 24, 2014.
“For 30 years Connors has been turning out quality nurses making our nursing program one of the premier programs in the region,” said CSC President Dr. Tim Faltyn. “It is because of this success that we are able to be here today to break ground on the Nursing and Allied Health Building.”
The 35,000 sq. ft. facility will feature state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, a lecture hall, a student commons area and a courtyard, and is expected to open in January 2015.
In addition to Faltyn, Regent Tucker Link and Muskogee Mayor Bob Coburn also addressed the crowd.
“I want to congratulate Mayor Coburn and the City of Muskogee; Superintendent Tony Pivec and the Indian Capital Technology Center, and Connors State College on this historic partnership that includes a $9.5 million investment in one of the most successful nursing and health education programs in the state of Oklahoma,” said Link. “This is not just an education being provided, but this education provides for the development of a career that can last a lifetime and benefit thousands of our fellow Oklahomans.”
In addition to graduating more than 100 qualified nurses per year, Connors State College has partnered with the City of Muskogee Foundation to offer the Muskogee Difference Healthcare Scholarship. This scholarship offers free tuition to Muskogee county residents pursuing an allied health education at Connors in exchange for their commitment to work two years in the county.
“When I met President Faltyn, he shared with me his vision to make Muskogee the healthcare capitol of Oklahoma. Through much planning, fundraising and hard work, that vision is becoming a reality,” said Coburn. “As a community partner and leader, Connors State College has partnered with many organizations to not only improve the student experience, but to improve the community as well.”
Connors has made a commitment to not only improving the lives of its students, but also to improving the communities they serve. For more information on Connors State College’s many degree options and scholarships visit www.connorsstate.edu.