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HCC Receives Cannon Charitable Grant for Health Sciences Education Building Training Equipment


Haywood Community College recently received a grant from the Cannon Charitable Interests for $150,000 to purchase equipment for the college’s new Health Sciences Education Building. Featuring a new state-of-the-art learning environment, the cornerstone of the building will be a simulation lab equipped with manikins that provide life-like patient care experience to students. The Cannon funds will be used toward the purchase of these manikins that cover the spectrum of life from birth to geriatric care, including male and female models. These manikins also feature care ranging from basic to full.

“We are so grateful to have these funds to add manikins that will broaden the diversity of age and clinical situations available in our simulation lab,” explains Dr. Lorene Putnam, Dean of Region A Nursing Consortium. “The simulation manikins that will be purchased with these grant funds will provide greatly enhanced clinical decision-making practice, skill development, and confidence-building.”

HCC’s new Health Sciences Education Building will modernize and improve the learning environment for a new generation of student nurses to support health organizations in the region. Doubling the current space, the new environment will be set up to mimic a real hospital unit with eight simulated hospital suites and eight suites in a skill development and practice lab.

Slated to complete construction in the spring of 2022, the Health Sciences Education Building will expand, enhance and modernize the student experience while supplying critical healthcare professionals for the region. It will include an 85-seat lecture hall, 40-seat biology lab and 60-seat classroom. HCC plans for a grand opening of the facility in the summer of 2022. Haywood Healthcare Foundation joined with HCC and NC Connect Bond funds to make the new building a reality.    

For more information about the new Health Sciences Education Building, please 828-627-4654.


Haywood Community College (HCC) is part of the North Carolina Community College System and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Founded in 1965, it is an open-door institution with the mission to serve the educational needs and economic growth of our community by promoting lifelong student learning and success. This includes programs for Haywood County high school students through Career and College Promise and Haywood Early College. The college campus, a designated arboretum, boasts one of the most beautiful college campuses in the state with an iconic mill pond, a productive greenhouse, dahlia gardens, an orchard garden and a rhododendron garden.