The City of Terrell and Trinity Valley Community College have reached an agreement that will transfer the former hospital site located at 1551 State Highway 34 South in Terrell to establish a Health Science Center. TVCC will invest approximately 8 million dollars in capital improvements to renovate and repurpose the current facility and will provide 25 scholarships annually for a 10 year period to Terrell High School graduates, with preference given to those who choose a Health Science curriculum.
TVCC President Dr. Jerry King complimented both entities on their diligent work in crafting an agreement that would benefit the City and allow TVCC to increase its visibility and services in Terrell and the surrounding high growth region. Dr. King stated, “I appreciate the vision of the TVCC Board of Trustees and the Terrell City Council. We are excited and look forward to providing greater educational opportunities for our students in Terrell, Kaufman County and throughout the TVCC service area in the renovated facility.”
Terrell Mayor, D. J. Ory, states that the presence of the Trinity Valley Health and Science program in Terrell will establish a regional location of training future generations of Health and Science professionals.
Terrell City Manager, Torry Edwards, stated that the City has forged partnerships with TVCC, Terrell Independent School District, Terrell Economic Development Corporation as well as the Terrell Chamber of Commerce to promote academic excellence in Terrell and the North Central Texas area.
The agreement was approved by the TVCC Board of Trustees at its regular meeting on Monday, November 28, 2016, and by the Terrell City Council at its meeting on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.
In addition to TVCC’s investment in the property, terms of the agreement will also include the establishment of an Associate Degree Nursing (RN) Program, provide public health educational events and health fairs, work with TISD to establish a Dual Credit Health Science Academy as well as other programs. Scholarships will be available beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year. Graduates of Terrell High School from any year will be eligible to apply.
TVCC ultimately plans to move and expand the nursing programs from the current location in the Health Science Center in Kaufman to the renovated Terrell Campus. The current Health Science Center in Kaufman will become a Continuing & Workforce Education Center providing non-credit classes designed to meet community needs for workforce training and personal enrichment in Kaufman County. The Continuing & Workforce Education Center will provide training and preparation for employment, test preparation, state employment, licensures and certifications, required professional development, GED preparation and training partnerships with area high schools, the regional workforce centers, governmental agencies and other groups.
“This is an incredible opportunity for the college that will give us room to expand the nursing program, develop new health occupations programs, and provide much needed space for students to study and collaborate,” said TVCC Health Science Center Provost Dr. Helen Reid. “I fondly remember taking students to this same hospital for their clinical rotations back in the 1980s. It will provide exciting possibilities for realistic learning experiences such as using the ICU for a high-fidelity simulation lab and having surgical technology students practice in a real operating room. I am looking forward to the transition.”