DOVER — Delaware Technical Community College’s planned Healthcare Center of Excellence building in Dover received a boost this week thanks to $1 million in funding from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
The project will renovate an existing 44-year-old building on the Terry Campus. The new center will house classrooms, labs and collaborative spaces.
Renovations began in August 2020 and the project is scheduled for completion no later than January 2022. The total cost of the project is $2.1 million.
Nick Moriello, president of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, said its funding will support the needs of the state’s health care industry by training students for health-care-related jobs and careers in Delaware. The state is expected to see an increase in demand for skilled health-care workers as its population ages and chronic health conditions become more prevalent
“Ensuring that Delaware has a strong talent pool in the health industry has long been a priority of ours and investment in this space is needed now more than ever,” Mr. Moriello said. “We know that Delaware Tech has the history, experience and relationships within our state to educate and empower current and future health care professionals. Together, we can grow our workforce, assist Delawareans with their career goals and help increase access to care.”
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield’s funding also grants it naming rights to the 8,700-square-foot facility.
It will be a training center for Delaware Tech’s allied health short-term certification programs, including: certified central service technician, certified clinical medical administrative assistants, certified clinic medical assistant, certified nursing assistant, EKG technician, home dialysis technician, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy technician, patient care technician, emergency medical technician, polysomnographer and community health worker.
“These occupations represent some of the highest-demand labor market needs in Delaware, and it’s our mission to provide Delawareans with jobs and employers with the workforce they need,” said Delaware Tech president Dr. Mark T. Brainard in a statement. “We are fortunate that Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware has provided us with such generous support to make this facility a high quality, state-of-the-art learning environment.”
The funding came from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield’s BluePrints for the Community program, which is housed at the Delaware Community Foundation and has contributed more than $21 million to the community since its inception in 2007.