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Lakeland Trustees OK Bond Issue on Nov. 3 Ballot
July 31, 2015 by Staff Report | No Comments

Lakeland Community College’s board of trustees unanimously approved placing a 0.4-mill capital improvement bond issue on the Nov. 3, ballot at a special July 30 meeting.   

The bond issue would generate $40 million to be repaid over a maximum of 27 years to expand and renovate the Health Technologies Building, complete phase three of the science hallway renovation and make other necessary infrastructure improvements.

“Passage of this proposal is critical to prepare more well-trained graduates for the health care, science and biotechnology jobs of the future,” said board Chairman Ken Quiggle.

The proposed bond issue would allow Lakeland to:

  • Expand and renovate the Health Technologies Building to address our area’s critical shortage of nurses and health care workers.
  • Provide up-to-date labs and classrooms for students, so they can be trained on the emerging technical skills they need to find good paying jobs.
  • Expand classroom and lab space so more nursing and health care students can come off the waiting list and get started.
  • Add new programs in high-demand careers such as physical therapy and occupational therapy assistants.

The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services projects that by 2020 there will be over 26,000 new healthcare jobs requiring an associate degree in Northeast Ohio, according to a July 31 news release from Lakeland. Studies further predict a nursing shortage as our population ages.

Lakeland’s nursing and other applied health technology programs are currently at capacity, with 400 students waiting to get started, the college said in its release. 

“There are thousands of new health care job openings in the area each year,” Lakeland President Morris W. Beverage Jr. said. “Expanding the health building and updating labs will allow Lakeland to prepare more of Lake County’s residents to get these good paying jobs.”

The proposed 0-4 mill bond issue would cost $14 per year per $100,000 of property value. 

The state of Ohio already has committed $8.5 million in capital and workforce grants to this project, the college said, adding the renovations also would create hundreds of construction jobs and pump money into the local economy.

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