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College builds $8M health sciences center
A college in the region is investing $8 million to build a health sciences center at one of its campuses.
Baker College, a nonprofit career college serving 35,000 students at its statewide campuses, is on schedule to open the two story, 35,000-square-foot health sciences center this September in Muskegon, at 1903 Marquette Ave.
The building will help the college meet the needs of laboratory courses in its health sciences programs.
The lab space will enable the college to update equipment and promote collaboration among the different health sciences programs, by putting all of the lab work under the same roof.
Lee Coggin, president of Baker College of Muskegon, said the success and placement rate of students enrolled in health sciences programs made it easy to make the investment.
He added that the college didn’t take on additional debt to build the center.
About 43 percent students taking classes at the campus are enrolled in health sciences, Coggin said.
Baker College of Muskegon offers certificates, associate degrees and bachelor degrees in the health sciences.
Ninety-seven percent of the statewide college’s graduates are employed, according to its website.
The building will accommodate lab equipment for various career paths: radiologic technology, surgical technician, pharmacy technician, massage therapy and others.
The space will also house labs for anatomy, physiology, chemistry and other courses.
The health sciences center is solely devoted to the lab component of specific programs, while regular classes and seminars will remain at existing locations, Coggin said.
The building is designed by BMA Architects in Muskegon.
The contractor on the project is Clifford Buck Construction in Muskegon.
Coggin said the architect and contractor were chosen due to a previous working relationship on the construction of the Culinary Institute of Michigan in downtown Muskegon in 2009 and to support local lakeshore businesses.