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FLCC receives $1.5 million grant for new nursing lab

Finger Lakes Community College has received a $1.5 million grant to add a science lab to the Sands Family Center for Allied Health now under construction at the main campus.

In a recent edition of Inside the FLX, Professor of Nursing Susan McCarthy told us the lab lets students learn under realistic conditions, without instructors in the room, through the use of simulators.

FLCC broke ground on the $7.2 million expansion and renovation project in June 2021. The State University of New York later notified FLCC that the College would receive $1.5 million through the SUNY Workforce Development Initiative, which funds projects designed to train people for high-demand jobs. The state has identified health care, and nursing in particular, as a top priority. The project is opening in stages. The renovated area on the third floor of the main campus, which features a new nursing simulation lab, opened in August, 2021. The expansion includes more nursing lab and instructional spaces and a fourth-floor lobby; it will open this summer.

“Our students are already experiencing an enhanced educational experience in our newly renovated nursing space. The expansion, now nearly complete, and this additional science lab will provide even greater flexibility and capacity as we prepare students for health care careers,” FLCC President Robert Nye said.

The additional 1,800-square-foot science lab and instructional space will be built next to the new lobby and open in 2023. The lab will be equipped with HyFlex technology allowing for simultaneous in-person and remote instruction to support students in health care programs. When complete, the Sands Family Center for Allied Health will allow FLCC to accept 50 percent more students in the two-year registered nursing program and launch a one-year licensed practical nursing program. With the new facilities, FLCC will be able to accept students into the registered nursing program in both the fall and spring. The application for the first spring class, in January 2023, will open in early May on the College website.

The College will also use the center to provide certificate training for nurse assistants, home health aides, and phlebotomy technicians. A federal grant currently covers most or all of the tuition for these three short-term certificate programs. Anyone interested in enrolling can learn more at or (585) 785-1670.

The Sands Family Center for Allied Health is named for the chief donor, the Sands Family Foundation, which contributed $3 million to the project.

In addition to the Sands Family Foundation gift, the FLCC Student Corporation has pledged $250,000 while the FLCC Foundation and the FLCC Association will each contribute $200,000. These gifts were matched by New York State. The additional grant brings the project total to $8.7 million.

Listen to my full Inside the FLX conversation with Susan McCarthy below.