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Hundreds of people got to see classrooms that are being used to train future nurses, new lecture halls and high-tech training mannequins that can blink, talk and tell students about their medical conditions. Those were some of the many features on display during grand opening ceremonies for the Scott Community College Health Sciences Center and updated student commons area at 500 Belmont Road, Bettendorf, held Thursday, Oct. 13.
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- Surgical technician classrooms and labs.
- Dental labs and other dental training facilities.
- Nursing classrooms and labs. Many visitors were attracted to the high-tech mannequins that were placed in hospital-like beds. Visitors found the mannequins to be almost lifelike because they could blink, have their blood pressures taken and talk – telling students about their health issues and symptoms. One of those devices is a pediatric mannequin that looks like a small boy called Pediatric HAL. in a hospital bed. Instructors said they can project the mannequin to display differing conditions to train future nurses. Ta
- The updates also include the T.J. Sheil Lecture Hall, which is named in honor of the late Theresa Sheil who graduated from SCC in the 1970s. She was a supervisor and instructor at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and was in the city during the 9/11 attacks and helped many during the event.
- In addition to the Health Sciences Center work, visitors on Thursday also got to see the updates made during renovation of the SCC Student Commons area. That area includes study and testing rooms, a book store, financial aid officials, student services and more.
- Muscatine Career Advancement Center, 152 Colorado St., Muscatine. Grand opening ceremonies are set for 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, with opening remarks at 4:30 p.m. This ultra-modern, $10 million facility will support career and technical education training programs, according to EICC officials. The center will host high school Career Academies, offering juniors and seniors an opportunity to build workforce skills and earn college credits at no cost.
- DeWitt Career Advancement Center, 817 E. Industrial St., DeWitt. The grand opening will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, with opening remarks beginning at 4:30 p.m. This state-of-the-art 26,000-square-foot facility will support career and technical education training programs, EICC officials said. One wing of the building is designed for, and dedicated to, educating future machinists, construction workers, farmers and agriculture experts.