UNION SQUARE CAMPUS OPENS IN GREENSBORO
New facility will provide training and education for nursing students
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 8, 2016
GREENSBORO — The first building of the Union Square Campus opened on Aug. 5. Located in downtown Greensboro at the corner of Gate City Boulevard and Arlington Street, the Union Square Campus is a collaboration between Guilford Technical Community College, N.C. A&T State University, UNCG and Cone Health to train and educate health care professionals, particularly in the field of nursing.
The 84,000-square-foot building will house three stories of classroom and lab space, informal study and common areas and 350-seat auditorium. One of the major focal points of the building is the simulation lab where students can practice their skills on mannequins that simulate symptoms. It also features a mock hospital setting that includes an ICU and labor and delivery rooms.
GTCC will share lab and classroom space as well as equipment with the other Union Square partners at the facility. Students will have the opportunity to progress through various levels of education. Through GTCC, students can obtain an associate degree and then transfer to N.C. A&T or UNCG to earn a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or doctorate all at the same location.
Union Square Campus will allow GTCC to expand its nursing program and continue to meet a local and national need for nurses. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of employed registered nurses (RN) will expand by 26 percent from 2010 to 2020. North Carolina will need 30,978 new nurses over the next 10-15 years. And by 2020 N.C.’s elderly population will double, increasing the demand for highly skilled nurses.
Training a skilled future workforce is at the heart of Guilford Tech’s mission, and being part of this unique campus and partnership further fulfills that commitment. In addition to offering an associate degree in nursing, the Union Square Campus will provide an avenue for GTCC nursing graduates to advance their career.
GTCC’s spring admission nursing students will be the first cohort to start at Union Square in January 2017. At least 100 GTCC students will be enrolled at the campus annually by the second year of occupancy.
— Carla Kucinski