Feb. 3 Groundbreaking Set for Medical Technology & Simulation Center

The public is invited to join Manatee Community College (MCC) and the Foundation for MCC Inc. at the 8 a.m. Feb. 3 groundbreaking ceremony of the Medical Technology and Simulation Center at the college's Lakewood Ranch campus, 7131 Professional Parkway East, Sarasota.

Guests will be welcomed by Rex Jensen, president and CEO of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, developer of Lakewood Ranch and donor of MCC's 10 acre-site in the Corporate Park.

The ceremony will feature music by MCC students and comments by MCC President Dr. Lars A. Hafner, District Board of Trustees Chair Steve Harner, MCC Vice President of Academic Quality and Success Dr. Jack Crocker, and the Foundation for MCC's Immediate Past President Clint Monts de Oca.

A coffee reception in the CIT will follow the groundbreaking ceremony.

To be constructed beside the existing Center for Innovation and Technology, the new 40,000 sq. ft. facility will allow MCC to train more nursing and other healthcare profession students. The state-of-the-art facility will feature sophisticated adult and infant simulation technology in intensive care unit settings and a birthing room, nursing assessment lab and science labs and classrooms.

The Medical Technology and Simulation Center, scheduled to open in spring 2010, will be a "green" building with LEED Certification.

Fawley Bryant is the project architect and Tandem Construction is the builder.

Directions to MCC Lakewood Ranch can be found at

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