POSTED: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 9:44pm
Tyler Tx, (KETK) — Tyler Junior College had their groundbreaking Thursday for their new nursing school.
"It's a large investment for the college," said President of the TJC Board John Hills.
Hills said the taxpayers agreed to pay for half of it along with private investors and student user fees.
"There is a big need for nursing and health care providers all over the country."
Hills said the Robert M. Rogers nursing and health sciences center will be the biggest building on campus.
The center will expand the school by another block.
Construction for the new nursing school at TJC has already started on Fleishel and 5th street. Now, Hills said this new school will be the billboard for the entire junior college.
And nursing students are excited to see the final result.
"A lot of nurses travel all the way to Dallas so no longer will they have to do that," said Nursing student Charla Allen.
Allen said the nursing program is very competitive and classes fill up right away.
Allen said with the new school opening in 2015, more students will have the opportunity to pursue a career in the medical field.
"I think they are going to be able to train and compete with other nursing programs around the world."
And the school is excited to be able to train more of their nursing students right here in East Texas.