The $18.8 million center will house simulation labs and medical spaces for dental assisting, dental hygiene, nursing, occupational therapy assistant and respiratory care, according to a Feb. 21 news release from the college. The center will be located on the northeast side of campus at 20000 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood.
Dental assisting, nursing, occupational therapy assistant and respiratory care classes are currently being held at the campus's Science Instructional Building, while dental hygiene classes have been held at an off-campus location since Hurricane Harvey, LSC-Kingwood officials said.
"In the current building, the programs have reached their maximum capacity," said Linda Luehrs Wolfe, dean of the science and health occupations division at LSC-Kingwood, via email. "The new center will allow them to grow, which will result in more trained professionals in the healthcare industry."
She said the center is funded by the college system's $485 million bond referendum approved by voters in 2014.