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New nursing school set to open at Orangeburg-Calhoun technical college

The 30,000-square-foot facility features a lecture hall, computer lab, study rooms, skills practice lab, simulation labs with the latest technology, faculty offices

ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College will hold the grand opening for its new Nursing Building at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.

The 30,000-square-foot facility features a lecture hall, computer lab, study rooms, skills practice lab, simulation labs with the latest technology, faculty offices and more. 

 The college says the new environment is better equipped  than ever before to give the students even more real world. 

"With our new building we have an eight bed simulation lab and we have two female Athenas and two male Apollo’s and we have two pediatric dolls which they can follow you with their eyes and facial expressions" says Candace Tooley, Dean of the School of Nursing, "We can check glucose levels on them which we never had the opportunity to do that and we also have two birthing mannequins so having this new building allows us to do simulations and be better prepared and go into the workforce."

Following a program in the lecture hall and ribbon cutting in the courtyard, the community is invited to tour this state-of-the-art addition to the campus that will train future generations of healthcare professionals in the Orangeburg region.

The grand opening is free and open to the public.

President of the college, Walt Tobin, says this is just the beginning now that the school is done with this building they’re looking to create and construct other facilities to continue to move them into the new decade.