CCC approves bid for medical training facility

By Gabriel Monte, CNJ Staff Writer

Clovis Community College Board of Trustees approved Wednesday a bid to construct a medical training facility on campus.

The construction for the first phase of the Allied Health center was awarded to Wilson and Wilson, which bid $3.33 million.

The first phase includes a lecture hall, three classrooms, a testing center and multimedia, computer and nursing labs, according to CCC President John Neibling. The 14,885-square-foot facility will house between 120 to 150 students.

“It’s designed to provide additional improved space for our rad-tech program,” Neibling said.

The final design of the facility is about 1,100-square-feet smaller than a design because construction bids were higher than expected, he said. The college has a budget of about $4.2 million for the facility.

The second phase, adding more classrooms to the facility, has not been designed yet, Neibling said.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday. Neibling said construction should start by May and last a year.

In other business:

• CCC Vice President of Information Technology Mike Schmidt said the college will switch over to a new information system by the fall.

Called the Banner system, Schmidt told board members the college has been working about three years to implement the system.

Neibling said the college has gradually phased in some aspects of the system such as online registration. He said students will be able to process their financial aid applications online with the system.

“The whole transaction will be able to be done online through the Banner (system),” he said.

After the meeting, Neibling said the college received about $113,000 from the state Legislature to upgrade its phone system.

The upgrade will include a public announcement system that will install speakers in every room and outside the campus, Neibling said. The system will be connected to the college’s phone network.

“If we have an emergency, God forbid, we can notify everybody to take cover and lock the doors,” he said.