KALISPELL - Flathead Valley Community College will dedicate the new Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Science this week.
The Flathead Valley Community College invites the community to attend a very special dedication of the new Rebecca Chaney Broussard center for Nursing and Health science.
"We are very excited because it's a privately funded building thanks to a very generous donation from Drew Broussard and his family," FVCC President Jane Karas said.
Rebecca Broussard was a well-known nurse and philanthropist in the Flathead Valley. She was known as a humble person who had a passion for education. Her life came to an end in 2011 when she died of breast cancer.
"Nursing programs were near and dear to her heart and helping the community. Helping students get into their education is a focus of the Broussard family and so thanks to their great generosity we were able to move forward with this building," Karas said.
This 4,000,032-square foot building will house FVCC's nursing and health related programs as well as the college's first student health clinic. Paramedic Program Director Kris Long said the extra classroom space will accommodate both students and instructors.
"We were in a classroom for a lab before where it was about 500 square feet so all the equipment that we have in our area with two labs and two simulations was in one room," Long said.
The building will also include a wall dedicated to Rebecca, new equipment, two labs and two simulation rooms for students to practice their skills.
"We spent a lot of time of actually moving students in the hallway to practice skills and now we can actually be in our labs and working in our labs and not have to take down and put up equipment all the time," Long said.
As the college prepares to welcome students into the new building Karas said she is eternally grateful to the Broussard family and the community for supporting the college.
"Just the generosity of the Broussard family and the generosity of the community and Flathead County and Northwest Montana to help us build this building," Karas said.
The dedication will take place Tuesday at 4 p.m. on the college campus. Building tours and light refreshments will follow.