Several academic programs have relocated to the newly completed Health Professions Center (U-Building) in preparation for the start of the spring semester in January.
The programs that are now housed in the building include:
- Nursing, CNA/LPN/RN
- Fire science/EMS
- Radiologic Technology
This map of the building
can be used to find where the programs are now located. All phone extensions will remain the same for staff and faculty who have moved.
The Health Professions Center is funded by a portion of the $89 million building bond referendum approved by voters in November 2008.
Beyond providing state-of-the-art learning resources for health care programs, the new building will also help fulfill the college’s role in the district as a vital resource for career preparation. In fact, one of the college’s goals in its new strategic plan is to develop programs that anticipate and respond to labor market demand.
Employment projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2008 through 2018 reveal that the health care and social assistance industry will make up approximately 26 percent of all new jobs created in the U.S. economy, which add up to four million new jobs.
And in a recent report by the Workforce Boards of Metropolitan Chicago, the health care and social assistance field is also projected to have the largest increase in jobs through 2020, expected to add more than 80,000 jobs through 2015 and more than 140,000 through 2020.
With future growth and additional programs in mind, the building design incorporates the utmost flexibility and room for expansion. Movable walls and furniture enable the auditorium to adapt to audiences ranging from 20 to 150, and with identical classrooms on the first and second floors, all departments will have access to them as needed.
“As a vital, life-changing resource for thousands of students, JJC is demonstrating its commitment to training and preparing skilled health care workers by investing in the Health Professions Center,” said Nursing, Allied Health and Emergency Services Department Chair Mary Beth Luna. “With health care careers only expected to grow in the coming years, this building could not come at a better time for those needing job training in our community.”
A grand opening event for the building will be held on Tuesday, March 12. Details will be shared at a future date.