“It is imperative that construction begin in April 2019 so the facility can be completed by June 2020 to utilize allocated state funds and open for fall 2020 classes,” FRCC said in its preliminary design review application to the city.
The state of Colorado has authorized $18.8 million in funding, which is enough to start design and begin construction, FRCC wrote in its application. Another $15.6 million in funding is expected by May.
About 900 students — about 10 percent of FRCC’s Larimer County enrollment — are currently studying health-related fields including nursing, medical assisting, phlebotomy, pharmacy tech, clinical lab tech, emergency medical services, dental assisting, holistic health and health wellness, and the school’s certified nurse’s aide program.
The new Health Care Careers Center will have state-of-the-art simulation and skills training labs, classrooms, a student commons and student collaboration spaces, according to plans.