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Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks opens new building

(LAKE OZARK, MO) - Students at Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks are attending classes in their new building at 150 College Blvd., adjacent to their previous location on Highway D. Classes began June 6.

The new 17,400-square-foot building includes state-of-the-art classrooms, a nursing center with a skills lab, two computer labs, student work area, science lab, art classroom, student commons, administrative and academic offices, vending area and faculty lounge.

"Our new building is a tremendous asset to our students and the Lake community," said Dr. John Keeney, director of the Lake of the Ozarks campus. "It will allow us to provide students with increased learning opportunities such as the new Associate in Science in Nursing degree.

The new degree, Keeney said, is a dual-track nursing program designed for students with no previous nursing education or experience, as well as for Licensed Practical Nurses seeking to become Registered Nurses. The college expects to have the first graduates from the nursing program in July 2006.

The nursing degree is an enormous benefit for the Lake area, said Mike Henze, CEO of Lake Regional Health System. Previously, there had been no local nursing program available in the Lake community.

"Quality health care is an issue for most communities," Henze said. "We are delighted Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks has added a nursing degree to help ensure a qualified nursing pool in the coming years."

Columbia College began serving the higher education needs of the residents in Lake Ozark area in 1990 and today continues to serve civilian and military adult learners in the area.

Nationwide, Columbia College serves more than 20,000 students each year at its Day Campus, Evening Campus, Online Campus, Graduate Studies Program and 30 extended campuses.