WITC-Rice Lake commemorates new Health Education Center
(9/12/11): A ribbon cutting was held Thursday, Sept. 8, at
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s Rice Lake campus to commemorate the
opening of the new Health Education Center. The addition includes room for the
new dental assistant program, remodeled information technology classrooms,
faculty offices and utility upgrades.
Three years ago, WITC-Rice Lake's health care classes were
moved to the former Marshfield Clinic building due to lack of space. This
partnership with Marshfield Clinic allowed WITC-Rice Lake to start the Medical
Assistant program, but it also meant that students were taking their medical
courses at one location and the remainder of their classes on the main campus.
The college began considering alternatives for this
inconvenient situation for students. Soon it was decided the best option would
be building an addition to the main campus and bringing the students and staff
back to one location.
SDS Architects designed the addition and remodeling of a
large part of the existing space, featuring large windows, sky lights, high
efficiency lights and a modern multi-colored décor – all completed in just 73
The new HEC provides updated labs and classrooms for
associate degree nursing, dental assistant, certified nursing assistant, medical
assistant, occupational therapy assistant and therapeutic massage.
The $1.5 million expansion to the campus shows “a
commitment to Northwestern Wisconsin in educating and re-educating the workforce
for available jobs,” said Dave Minor, WITC Board Chair.
A recent survey of graduates showed 91 percent of grads
getting jobs within six months, 72 percent of them staying in WITC’s 11 county
“The new classrooms and labs provide the latest technology
and spaces designed specifically for health instruction, preparing students for
health careers in the real world,” said MaryAnn Pebler, WITC Divisional Dean of