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TJC breaks ground on Robert M. Rogers Nursing, Health Sciences Center

TYLER, August 22, 2013-- In Tyler, health care has become a $3 billion industry supporting more than 25,000 area jobs. By the end of this year, four major medical facilities in East Texas will have invested $190 million in new construction to increase the capacity and quality of patient care, thus creating a serious need for highly trained health care personnel.

To meet that ever-growing need for health care professionals, Tyler Junior College has embarked on its most ambitious capital project to date — the Robert M. Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences Center.

TJC officials and representatives of the Robert M. Rogers Foundation held an official groundbreaking ceremony today at the building site, located at the corner of Fifth Street and Fleishel Avenue. The facility establishes a new western border of the TJC main campus.

“We are most grateful for the leadership of Dr. Paul Powell and the generosity of the Rogers Foundation in establishing the Robert M. Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences Center,” TJC President Dr. Mike Metke said. “This generous gift is an investment in the future of East Texas health care and in TJC’s mission to become a health care training destination.

“When a gift of this magnitude comes along, it reminds us of the awesome responsibility we have to live up to that gift by keeping our promises to help our students reach their fullest potential.”

Set to open in Spring 2015, the Robert M. Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences Center will more than triple the classroom and laboratory space of TJC’s current health care programs. The 130,000-square-foot, four-story facility will allow TJC to expand many of its 11 existing nursing and health sciences programs and add new programs. Initially, the College will add physical therapist assistant, certified occupational therapist assistant and wellness and personal fitness specialist programs. The additional and expanded programs will produce a projected 50 percent more TJC graduates in health care fields – up from 600 in 2013 to 900 by the year 2017.

SmithGroupJJR has partnered with four local firms in the development and design of the Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences Center. Area firms include Eubanks Harris Roberts Craig Architects, Fitzpatrick Architects, Brannon Corporation and David C. Scarbrough Landscape Architecture. In Fall 2012, TJC announced HGR+Turner Joint Venture as the construction manager-at-risk for the School for the Nursing and Health Sciences initiative. HGR+Turner Joint Venture was established in 2007 and brings invaluable expertise in healthcare construction.

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