Dakota College in Bottineau renovates Old Main for expansion of nursing program

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BOTTINEAU, ND (KMOT) – Medical providers across the country are in dire need of nurses.

One of the colleges in our state is working to expand its facilities to make room for more nursing students.

EPA Brownfields Program leadership will be on the Bottineau campus on Wednesday afternoon, viewing the work that has been done so far at the historic Old Main building on the DCB campus. The college used part of an EPA brownfields cleanup grant for asbestos abatement in the old main building. Once the move is complete, the goal is to begin a multi-million dollar renovation of the facility to turn it into a rural health education center. “By investing in the cleanup and environmental assessment of these buildings, we can help organizations like Dakota College in Bottineau renovate them and turn them into a more productive use,” said Ted Lanzano, brownfields program manager. industries for EPA region 8.

The college says it hopes the new facility will allow it to increase enrollment in the nursing program from 35 students to more than 100. Later Wednesday, we will hear from college leaders, including the college’s new dean, Dr. Carmen Simone, on the future of the project and what it means for her nursing program.

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