Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – A roughly $2 million project that will expand Coahoma Community College’s Division of Health Sciences is now moving forward.
In the spring of 2014, CCC announced plans to renovate Clarksdale’s former Department of Human Services (DHS) building, donated to the college by the State of Mississippi and the Coahoma County Board of Supervisors after the construction of a new DHS building.
The building, located on Ohio Ave., sits adjacent to CCC’s Robert G. “Brick” Mason Health Sciences Center and will serve as its annex.
“We already had plans to add about 4,000 square feet to our existing Health Sciences building,” said CCC Chief of Staff Jerone Shaw. “But instead of expanding, we were given a building that’s 8,900 square feet, so we were able to double our space.”
Since the announcement, progress on the 12-month project has been halted until funding was secured. According to Shaw, as a project of the State of MS Bureau of Buildings and Grounds, the institution was restricted from placing bids until a completed budget was in place.
“We had to wait until we had the capital improvement funds available, and now that we do, we’re able to move forward,” he said.
The annex design renovations, prepared by ArchitectureSouth of Tupelo, include classrooms and laboratories for both the Paramedic/Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) and Polysomnography programs.
The building will also feature several offices, break rooms and a state-of-the-art simulation lab for all five Health Science programs. CCC’s Associated Degree Nursing program, Practical Nursing and Respiratory Care programs will remain in the existing Health Sciences building.
Construction bids were awarded to Timbo’s Construction of Cleveland and the project is expected to be completed by August 2017.
“Hopefully there won’t be too many rain or snow days so that project can be completed on time and on budget,” said Shaw.