Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) held a grand opening Oct. 12 for two major construction projects focused on student success and workforce development: the Scott Community College (SCC) Health Sciences Center and new student commons.  

“This is an exciting day for the college, our students, and the community. In 2021, more than 70% of voters passed a $40 million bond referendum to fund several major construction projects across the EICC district. This new Health Sciences Center is one of those projects. Your support made this possible, and we, and our students, are so thankful,” said SCC President and Interim Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Ann Lawler.  

The project included reconfiguring and redesigning the nursing, dental, surgical tech, medical assisting and CNA labs and classrooms, then outfitting them with cutting-edge patient simulators, innovative technology, and more.  

“It is our privilege to provide students with these facilities and state-of-the-art learning tools that are dedicated to their education and future careers,” Lawler said. 

More than 350 students graduate from EICC healthcare programs each year, and a majority stay in the region and go to work for local hospitals, clinics, and healthcare services.

“It's essential to recognize that the economic development of our region and the state of Iowa hinges on a well-trained workforce,” said EICC Interim Chancellor Liang Chee Wee, PhD.  

“In 2021, when the citizens of our region supported the $40 million bond, they were not only endorsing Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, but also affirming their belief in the quality of education we provide and the students we serve,” said Wee

“This grand opening represents our commitment to collaborating with businesses to address their workforce needs and continuing our relationships with K-12 partners to enhance educational opportunities for our students,” he added.  

While construction of this center was underway, EICC undertook and funded a project of its own that also prioritized SCC students. It included building a larger entrance, student commons area, and moving SCC student services into one centralized location. Now students can access those services easier and enjoy dedicated space where they can study, meet with an advisor, or relax between classes.  

“I am deeply impressed by the priority we place on meeting students where they are and offering high-quality programs and services that empower them to achieve their goals. It is a testament to our laser focus on student success,” Wee said.