SEPTEMBER 17, 2007

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Rose State College breaks ground on health sciences center

Photo of Gov. Brad Henry speaking at a podium outdoors.
Gov. Brad Henry speaks at the Health Sciences Groundbreaking held at Rose State College on Aug. 16.

Rose State College held a ground breaking ceremony in mid-August as construction began for the long awaited $9.09 million health sciences center.

“We are not building a new facility in order to create quality allied health programs, but that our quality programs need a new and improved home to match already existing merit,” said President Terry Britton.

The 47,000-square foot facility will offer students in the health sciences division the most current, technologically-advanced training and educational opportunities. The one- story building features clinical labs, classrooms, conference rooms, computer labs and offices.

Gov. Brad Henry spoke at the ceremony and said the groundbreaking symbolizes growth at RSC and is fitting during Oklahoma’s centennial year.

“Healthcare is an incredible boost to Oklahoma’s economy. This facility will relieve the shortage of healthcare professionals we now experience,” Henry said. “The building will rise from the ground and will make a difference in the lives of Oklahomans for generations to come.”

The project is funded through the higher education capitol bond issue of 2005. Oklahoma State System of Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson thanked President Emeritus James Cook for pushing the issue through the legislature.

“Our students deserve this building and without our legislature we would not be here today. This is part of a state-wide priority that shows the importance of higher education,” Johnson said.

The construction site is located on the north side of the I-40 access road and Watts Drive. Construction on the facility is scheduled to be completed by fall 2008.

Contact: Natalie Jordan, RSC, (405) 733-7459