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Kirtland to Pursue Regional Health Sciences Center Expansion

Kirtland Community College will assess the feasibility to construct a regional health sciences education center located on the I-75 corridor between Roscommon and Grayling following the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ approval of an agreement to transfer more than 120 acres of state land to the college.

Dr. Thomas Quinn, president of Kirtland, points to the growing need for affordable access to high quality health education, changes in the health care industry and the aging population of the college’s service area as key factors in the decision to consider a health sciences expansion site.  “As part of our long-range planning, we anticipate significant changes in both the delivery of health care education and the types of health care training needed to best prepare students for our local workforces,” said Quinn.

“We recognize the need to provide futuristic health care education to students, as well as the need to help retrain existing health care professionals to keep up with changes in the industry,” Quinn stated.  “We believe a location on I-75 will provide students with the greatest possible access to new, innovative training to stay current – even ahead of – health care trends and fulfill our commitment to meeting the health care needs of our community members.”

The DNR action to approve the transfer of the state-managed forest land finalizes months of work between the college and DNR officials for the purpose of creating the opportunity for regional growth.  “Kirtland has a long track record of being responsive to community needs and good fiscal caretakers of taxpayer dollars,” said Quinn.

“Citizens and legislators both indicate support for potential expansion and Kirtland’s role in thinking ahead to meet the changing needs in health care education.  We are very happy the DNR recognized the impact this agreement will have on our region.”

Kirtland currently offers health career training in nursing, cardiac sonography, certified nursing assistant, emergency medical services, health information technology, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy technician, surgical technology and vascular sonography.

Kirtland also has a concurrent Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) agreement in place with Saginaw Valley State University and a variety of partnership programs with Davenport University, Ferris State University, Franklin University and Mid Michigan Community College.

For more information, please contact Sarah Madonna, Director of Public Information, at 989-275-5000, ext. 242 or sarah.madonna@kirtland.edu.