In an effort to address the healthcare challenges in Williston and improve the region’s quality of life, Williston State College is embarking on a new project to establish a state-of-the-art medical training facility on campus. The City of Williston and Williams County are fully supportive of this initiative, recognizing the need to enhance healthcare services in the area.
The college has entrusted JLG Architects with the responsibility of leading the design of this project, following their successful collaboration on the recently opened childcare center. College President Bernell Hirning expressed enthusiasm about partnering with JLG Architects, emphasizing their reputation for delivering high-quality work.
State funding has made this development possible, paving the way for the college to launch the construction phase as early as summer. The estimated timeline for the completion of the facility is projected to be around 12 to 15 months.
To ensure that the medical training facility caters to the needs of the local workforce, the college has been actively engaging with regional healthcare providers. Discussions have been held to determine the most relevant courses and programs that will enable the facility to effectively train future healthcare professionals. Initial plans include offering six courses, with a target start date of next fall.
In addition to these courses, the college is exploring collaborations with the University of North Dakota and Minot State to introduce bachelor’s programs in Behavioral Health and addiction studies respectively. These collaborations will further enrich the educational opportunities available to aspiring healthcare professionals in the region.
To gather valuable input from the college staff, students, and the community, JLG Architects will be hosting a series of forums next week. These forums will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to contribute their insights and ideas, ensuring that the medical training facility is designed to meet the specific needs of the region.
By establishing this cutting-edge medical training facility, Williston State College aims to bolster the healthcare sector in the region, equipping healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge necessary to serve the community effectively.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How will this medical training facility improve healthcare in Williston?
The medical training facility will provide a state-of-the-art learning environment for aspiring healthcare professionals in the area. By offering relevant courses and programs, it will equip individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to address the healthcare challenges in Williston and enhance the overall quality of healthcare services.
2. When will the construction of the facility begin?
Construction is expected to start in the summer, following the selection of a construction manager through a bidding process. The project is estimated to take approximately 12 to 15 months to complete.
3. What courses will be offered at the medical training facility?
While the specific course offerings are still being finalized, the initial plans include courses in Behavioral Health, addiction studies, EMS, Phlebotomy, Office Support Staff, and Health Information Systems. These courses have been identified based on consultations with regional healthcare providers and are expected to begin as early as next fall.
4. Will there be opportunities for collaboration with other institutions?
Yes, Williston State College is exploring collaborations with the University of North Dakota and Minot State to introduce bachelor’s programs in Behavioral Health and addiction studies. These collaborations will enhance the educational opportunities available to students and further strengthen the healthcare sector in the region.