Fox Valley Technical College officials said they are excited to break ground on a new addition this April.
The addition will be located between the current FVTC building and the parking lot on the north side of the building. “Although we will lose the patio area, there are plans to move that to another location,” FVTC Director of Regional Operations Colleen Schnell said.
The 68 foot by 30 foot addition will add 2,040 square feet to the college and will house a medical lab. “It will be a medical lab that includes both nursing and medical assistant programs with a smart classroom between,” Schnell explained. “The nursing lab will be set up with four beds similar to a hospital or extended care setting which will enable the students to have real life experiences in the controlled lab setting before they go to clinical locations and deal with patients and residents.”
Also included for the Medical Assistant Program will be two phlebotomy chairs and three exam tables to simulate a doctor’s office or lab setting. “The students will have real life experiences in the controlled lab setting before they go to their externship working in a clinic,” Schnell added.
According to Schnell, the shared smart classroom will allow for guided instruction for both programs with the classroom also available for use by other areas of the college as space permits.
The addition will house a storage room and an office that will double as a patient exam room.
Schnell said funding for this addition as well as the purchase of the building was provided by the Fox Valley Technical College referendum on April 3. 2012.
Schnell explained the need for the additional space. “We have run the Certified Nursing Programs for over 10 years along with parts of the Practical Nursing program for two years by pulling the equipment out of a closet for each class period,” Schnell said. “This is not only hard on the equipment, but also not a true realistic setting for the students before going to clinical.”
FVTC has been offering the MA program for three years and is currently using the craft room for a classroom. “Although it is working, it again does not give the students a true realistic medical office setting to practice before going to their externship of working in a clinic,” Schnell said.
“With this addition and allowing the medical programs to have their own designated space, this will open up the craft room and the seminar training room for other opportunities,” she added.