LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Haney Technical Center now has nearly twice as much space to work with in its newly renovated building for the Licensed Practical Nursing Program.
The school held a ribbon cutting ceremony to showcase the expanded facility Wednesday. It is now 6,700 square feet.
Lawmakers like State Representative Jay Trumbull, former Senate President Don Gaetz, and Bay District Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt supported the $970,000 project.
More space means more classrooms and learning labs to meet the needs for at least 25 more students in the competitive program.
"I love the aesthetics. It makes you come in and want to learn," Leilani Covington, a student, said. "The building that we were in before was a little claustrophobic. It was very cold so we kinda just had to get through it. But now, we're a lot more comfortable where we're at."
Many members of the community, including the Bay County County Chamber of Commerce and Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce, came out to support the growing need for healthcare professionals.
Ninety-four percent of students in Haney's nursing program passed last year's state exam.
The project took about two years from start to finish.
According to Husfelt, the project's impacts will be felt immediately. It'll help accommodate the shortage of nurses around the area.
"These adults are going to get decent paying jobs and be able to have a great influence on their lives," Husfelt explained. "It means a lot to the community."