Ribbon cutting coming up June 23

The College will celebrate the completion of its new Health Science Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23 at 940 Woodland Ave., Duluth.

College leaders, local officials, and students, faculty and staff members are expected to attend the invitation-only celebration, which will begin with brief remarks followed by a ribbon cutting, tours and light refreshments. 

Construction on the new building started last summer, and students in St. Scholastica's graduate Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy programs will start taking classes there this fall. The three-story, 45,000-square-foot building is St. Scholastica's first-ever academic building in Duluth located off the main campus at 1200 Kenwood Ave. The location in the BlueStone development is about a mile from the main St. Scholastica campus, and is across Woodland Avenue from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

The new facility allows for expanded class sizes in the OT and PT programs. Students in the Physician Assistant program are scheduled to start taking classes in fall 2017, pending accreditation.

The Health Science Center will free up space on the main campus for expansion of the College's nursing programs and other academic programs.

The building also features the maurices Community Clinic, which will provide students with valuable real-world experience and interdisciplinary education while serving uninsured and underinsured members of the community. The clinic will feature:

  • open gym treatment space for adults and children;
  • An Activities of Daily Living (ADL) suite, which includes a bathroom and kitchenette and will be used to retrain everyday life skills for people recovering from illnesses or injuries. The suite includes a motorized patient lift system that will run from the ADL suite to the adult gym via ceiling tracks;
  • cameras to allow students to learn through observation while in another part of the building;
  • dedicated quiet/private space for pediatric and adult clients.

College leaders, local officials, and students, faculty and staff members are expected to attend the celebration, which will begin with brief remarks followed by a ribbon cutting, tours and light refreshments.