DOTHAN, Al (WTVY) - A roughly $22 million building opened Monday, January 9th at Wallace Community College.
The nearly one hundred thousand square foot, three story, three wing structure is just the right amount of space for the seven fully-accredited programs offered in the new Health Science building.
"It makes you feel like you're in a real hospital,” said student Shanelle Binger. “The new atmosphere is so positive and a lot more brightening than the old building."
Binger was eager to utilize the new facility before graduating this spring from respiratory therapy. The other six courses include emergency medical services, medical assisting, physical therapist assistant, associates degree nursing/practical nursing and radiology.
"The new building has allowed us to get things for our programs that we have not had in the past,” explained Associate Dean of Health Science, Kathy Buntin. “It's allowed the students to intermingle with each other and realize what professionals do in the real work place… they're learning this from day one."
A reality Buntin never imagined would come true in her 41-years at Wallace.
"This was a vision that one really never thought would happen," said Buntin.
The new teaching tools include 12 life like mannequins that simulate illnesses and react to the procedures performed on them.
"Your surrounding area has a lot to do with your performance,” said Binger. “If you're in a good area… you're going to want to do better and meet the expectations of the building."
The facility was funded by a $10 million bond issue and Wallace Community College reserves.