Sunday, 02 April 2023

McGuire secures $10 million for healthcare education hub for North Coast healthcare and nursing programs

College officials and Senate Majority Leader Mike McGuire, center, gather on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, to celebrate the investment in a new healthcare education hub. Courtesy photo.

NORTH COAST, Calif. — Senate Majority Leader Mike McGuire, along with Cal Poly Humboldt President Tom Jackson Jr., College of the Redwoods President Keith Flamer and local health care and elected leaders gathered Wednesday to announce a $10 million investment in the creation of a healthcare education hub that will become the epicenter of healthcare career training on the North Coast.

McGuire secured the $10 million in this year’s state budget. The funding will transform a 30,000 square foot dusty warehouse in Arcata into a state-of-the-art learning lab focused on the development of a healthcare workforce in Northern California.

This is a historic investment that will help grow healthcare career programs at both Cal Poly Humboldt and College of the Redwoods.

“We’ve made so much progress over the last four years thanks to this innovative partnership with the College of the Redwoods and Cal Poly Humboldt. We restarted Cal Poly Humboldt’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, we expanded the College of the Redwoods nursing program and now we’re launching the Healthcare Education Hub, which will become the epicenter of healthcare career training for our region,” McGuire said. “This $10 million will help buildout the most modern healthcare learning lab between the Golden Gate Bridge and the Oregon border and will train thousands of healthcare professionals, from multiple career tracks, in the years to come.”

The Healthcare Education Hub will be used to train health professionals such as nurses, psychiatric technicians, EMTs, scrub technicians, respiratory therapists, radiology technicians, and more.

College of the Redwoods President Keith Flamer said, “We are very aware that our future depends on a strong partnership between College of the Redwoods, Cal Poly Humboldt, Senator McGuire and our community partners. We clearly understand that we can better help all students on the North Coast by working together rather than separately. This Healthcare Education Hub is another example of what we can do if we dream and work together.”

“We’re grateful to Sen. McGuire for his commitment to deliver on the health care needs of the North Coast. We’re looking forward to collaborating with College of the Redwoods to transform this building into a center where the next generation of health care professionals will be educated,” Cal Poly Humboldt President Tom Jackson, Jr. said. “This investment in CR is also an investment in our region – one that will help our entire healthcare system become more resilient while providing new opportunities for students and professionals.”

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