Members of the faculty and staff of University of the District of Columba Community College (UDC) visited the Medical Education Campus (MEC) September 5 to learn how the MEC structured itself as the only specialized community college in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the broader region. UDC is contemplating turning their Backus Campus into a specialized campus for allied health and nursing, similar to NOVA’s MEC.
The delegation was led by Dr. Jacqueline Jackson, dean of academic affairs. She was joined by the dean of workforce development; director for nursing, allied health and sciences; associate professor and director of nursing; associate professor and program director for respiratory therapy; capital projects manager; senior finance officer; and director of operations. The UDC delegation met with Provost Brian Foley, Dean of Allied Health Andrew Cornell, Dean of Students Beatrice Veney, Special Assistant to the President Geraldine Hofler, and Associate Vice President for Workforce Development Lorinzo Foxworth.
The groups had an opportunity to talk about the history of the nursing and allied health programs at NOVA and why the College felt the need to establish a stand-alone campus to train healthcare workers. Discussion and lunch were followed by a thorough tour of the facility.
“We walked away with excellent ideas on the ways in which we can reconfigure our Backus Campus, located in the District’s Ward 5, to better meet the current and future needs and growth of our allied health programs,” said Jackson. “The MEC facility design, including its instructional classrooms and simulation labs, student support services, dental clinic and study areas all served to stimulate our creative thinking on the upcoming design for Backus.”
As the healthcare fields and the local population served by them continue to grow, the MEC is a place to be emulated.