TMCC College News

New Gift Takes Health Science Center to 50% Funding

Posted: Nov 4, 2013

Health Science Center Rendering

An architectural rendering of TMCC's new Health Science Center

On November 4, the TMCC Foundation announced the receipt of a challenge gift: a $1 million investment from the Herb and Maxine Jacobs Foundation for the capital campaign for the new TMCC Health Science Center. This significant gift in the second month of the capital campaign for the $10 million Health Science Center brings the total funding to $5 million.

“We are making this sizeable donation now for two reasons: to honor the recent passing of Herb Jacobs and to further the work that was important to both Herb and Maxine by helping local people advance their careers and their economic independence, as well as by helping the Reno community develop the nursing resources needed for the future,” said Jill Jacobs, Trustee, Herb and Maxine Jacobs Foundation, of Boston, MA. “We want to encourage local business and community leaders to join us in supporting this important project through our challenge grant,” added Jacobs.

The structure of a challenge gift means that the Herb and Maxine Jacobs Foundation will contribute $1 for every $2 invested up to $1,000,000 for the Health Science Center.

“TMCC is thrilled with this important gift that brings our campaign to 50% of the required funding. The challenge gift will help the College leverage gifts to reach our goal much faster, helping to ensure that TMCC can meet the demand for highly trained and qualified nurses with the completion of the TMCC Health Science Center,” said Dr. Maria Sheehan, TMCC president. “We are deeply grateful for this challenge gift, which we hope will inspire other donors to support this strategic initiative.”

Responding to changing industry trends, TMCC is investing in new instructional space that is specifically designed to accommodate the increasing demand.  When complete, the $10 million state-of-the-art project will include construction of the 16,000-square-foot Health Science Center and renovations to the existing 25,000-square-foot High Tech Center.  Additions to the program include a 4,200-square-foot high-tech nursing lab with four technologically advanced instructional simulation rooms, two debrief rooms for faculty-student review, two 40-person classrooms, faculty offices, a dedicated lab storage area and student dress/locker room.

Studies show that Nevada expects a 23 percent deficit in the number of available registered nurses by 2015, and a 28 percent deficit by 2020.  The “graying” or aging of the existing nursing workforce further exacerbates the shortage thus the need for new and creative programs.

Based on national examination scores, TMCC’s nursing program continues to be the state’s leading program with 64 new freshman nursing students enrolling each year.  To address the growing need for a baccalaureate program, TMCC has partnered with Nevada’s four-year colleges and university—University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada State College and Great Basin College—to offer a “2 + 2” enrollment program for TMCC graduates.  The College’s graduates who complete their two-year degree will be eligible to take the national exam, become RNs and begin to work while completing the remaining two years of coursework to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing courses from UNR, NSC or GBC. 

For more information, call Paula Lee Hobson, Executive Director, TMCC Foundation at 775-674-7648.

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