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Rededication and Open House of Mary Ellen Thompson Health Care Center August 12

Paducah, Kentucky (July 27, 2016) A rededication and open house of West Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges Mary Ellen Thompson Health Education Center will be held August 12 from 1-3 p.m. in the Anderson Technical Building with remarks beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The center was first opened in 2006 in Paducahs Elmwood Court and named for long-time community advocate and Superior Care Home founder, Mary Ellen Thompson. It is being rededicated in honor of Thompson and opened on the second floor of the colleges Anderson building.

Being on campus, our students will have access to all campus services, as well as being able to integrate into the college community and participate in college events, said Elizabeth Durham, WKCTC nurse aid program coordinator. It will be easier to schedule classes with no commuting necessary, and they will have access to open computer labs...and have easier access to the faculty for advising and assistance as needed.

The center will continue to house WKCTCs certified nursing assistant program and will have state-of-the-art equipment to enhance both teaching and learning. The design of the center will allow for more hands-on education and practice for all students in the program. "Serving not only as an education center, but also as a regionaltesting center, the center will test all our regional high schools and technical schools in addition to the various nursing facilities that provide their own nursing assistant education," Durham said.

The open house and rededication of the Mary Ellen Thompson Health Education Center is free and open to the public, however the college asks individuals to send RSVP to Blair Travis by August 10 at or (270) 534-3083.

Registration for fall classes at WKCTC is also underway. Call 1-(855) GO-WKCTC or visitwestkentucky.kctcs.edufor class offerings. Fall classes begin August 15.