JOHNSON BUILDING UPGRADE
WCJC Allied Health program to benefit from major renovation project
WHARTON, TEXAS – Wharton County Junior College’s Allied Health program will receive a little breathing room soon thanks to a major overhaul of the Johnson Health Occupations Center.
The WCJC Board of Trustees awarded a construction bid for the project on May 16. The project includes renovation of the 34,000 square foot Johnson Health Occupations Center as well as the creation of an 18,000 square foot addition. A groundbreaking ceremony will be announced in the near future. Tentative project completion dates are May of 2018 for the new addition and August of 2018 for the renovation.
Estimated cost of the construction project is $6.5 million, not including equipment and furnishings.
“The Division of Allied Health contains some of our most popular programs and students who successfully complete these challenging fields of study are well-equipped for rewarding careers in a variety of health-related fields,” said WCJC President Betty McCrohan.
“By renovating and expanding the Johnson Health Occupations Center, we can continue to offer students hands-on training opportunities that will give them the edge they need to be successful in these competitive careers.”
WCJC’s Division of Allied Health contains nine programs, including Associate Degree Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Health Information Technology, Human Services, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology, Surgical Technology, Vocational Nursing and Pre-baccalaureate Nursing.
During the renovation project, the college’s Surgical Technology Program will temporarily relocate to the LaDieu Technology Center, located on the east side of the Wharton campus. The EMS program will move from LaDieu to the Johnson Building to accommodate the temporary transfer.