MCC breaks ground for training center

Detroit Avenue facility will be used for nursing education

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MCC President Michael Kearns, far right, and Dr. John and Diana Lingenfelter, beside him, toss shovels of sand during a groundbreaking Oct. 13 at the Detroit Avenue site of a new Allied Health Training Center made possible through a donation by the Lingenfelters to the MCC Foundation. Also participating, from left, are MCC Foundation Executive Director Alan Klaas, Director of Nursing Linda Riesdorph, Dwight Webb of Martin-Harris Construction, MCC Foundation President Olivia McCormick and Curt Carlson of SH Architecture.

MCC/Courtesy<br> MCC President Michael Kearns, far right, and Dr. John and Diana Lingenfelter, beside him, toss shovels of sand during a groundbreaking Oct. 13 at the Detroit Avenue site of a new Allied Health Training Center made possible through a donation by the Lingenfelters to the MCC Foundation. Also participating, from left, are MCC Foundation Executive Director Alan Klaas, Director of Nursing Linda Riesdorph, Dwight Webb of Martin-Harris Construction, MCC Foundation President Olivia McCormick and Curt Carlson of SH Architecture.

KINGMAN - The first step in the construction of a new Allied Health Training Center for Mohave Community College was accomplished Oct. 13 when MCC officials and a host of dignitaries gathered for a groundbreaking at the site of the facility in Kingman.

The center, to be located on Detroit Avenue west of the old Safeway, is due to be completed in time for the start of the fall 2010 semester.

MCC administrators, including College President Michael Kearns, Kingman city officials, area school administrators and others instrumental to the project were joined by long-time Kingman physician John Lingenfelter and his wife, Diana, who donated the land for the center to the MCC Foundation. The foundation is building the facility.

"We're very grateful for the Lingenfelters' generous donation. It's been a great partnership," Kearns said. "We're also appreciative for the city of Kingman's cooperation in the project. The cooperation of city staff during the permitting process has been tremendous."

The training center will be home to MCC's new Licensed Practical Nurse program as well as the Kingman campus' registered nursing program. Kearns said a centerpiece of the facility will be the state-of-the-art SimMan patient simulator, an anatomically realistic instructional mannequin that gives students the closest possible experience to caring for a live human patient.

"The Allied Health Training Center is going to be a new educational opportunity for our students, integrating the latest instructional technology. It's going to be great for the college," Kearns said.