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By Jenna Duncan / Staff Writer

NCTC to add more than 16,000 square feet to expand Corinth campus

North Central Texas College will expand its territory in Corinth this coming summer, adding nine suites in Pinnell Square that together total 16,713 square feet.

Three of the additional suites will house the Licensed Vocational Nursing program, whose current facilities had been deemed insufficient for lab and student study space by the Texas Board of Nursing.

“We’re getting close to our limits on how much more space we can grow in that main building,” said Brent Wallace, vice president of instruction. “As a result of that, and a desire to stay in good standings for the LVN program, we needed sufficient clinical lab space.”

The Board of Regents approved a five-year lease for the properties while officials continue to look to create more permanent plans for the NCTC Corinth campus, which has been steadily growing and hit an all-time high of 6,045 students in the fall of 2013, up about 3 percent from the previous semester.

Both the LVN and paramedicine programs will be relocated to a cluster of seven suites to centralize the health science programs in Corinth, Wallace said. The moves will open up classrooms in the main building to make space available for core classes such as English and math, as well as office space for faculty.

Paramedicine also had outgrown its space in the main building, said Strider Floyd, the fire and EMS program coordinator. With additional room, the programs will be able to offer more training for the national registry exam students are required to take, and to provide continuing education opportunities for community members.

“I think there’s going to be increases in our demand for paramedics, so having that additional classroom will help as the field grows,” he said.

Construction on the new suites for the health sciences is expected to start soon, as the buildings are relatively empty, Wallace said.

He said he hopes renovations will be complete by June so the health science programs can move into the new space while the main building is reconfigured for other classes. All of the space should be ready in time for the start of the fall semester, Wallace said.

Two of the suites included in the deal will host the expansion of the information technology programs.

A grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will fund 16 additional staff members who will occupy the two suites as well as the monthly rent — $5,121.

Costs for the other portion of the suites — $16,078 a month — are expected to be covered by tuition paid for the additional class sections that will be able to be scheduled in the new spaces.

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