Student-Built Health Sciences Building Completed at Salish Kootenai College

Feb 15th, 1991 | By | Category: 2-4: Teaching: Community and Culture in the Classroom, Tribal College News

Salish Kootenai College will dedicate a new student-built health sciences building during graduation ceremonies in June.

The 23,000 square foot building was designed by college staff and was entirely built by instructors and students from the college’s building trades program. The three-year project was funded by building fees and a loan from the tribe.

The two-story building set amid pine trees on the college’s campus in western Montana will house the institution’s nursing program. It will also provide space for a chemistry lab and classrooms, life science classrooms, and the developmental, rehabilitation and dental assistant programs. With enrollment now reaching 1,100 students, the building will also provide space for a new student lounge and bookstore.

The building will be named after Salish war dance Chief John Peter Paul who has a son working as a registered nurse, a granddaughter who is a nurse’s aide and another granddaughter who will soon be entering the college’s nursing program.

Dedication, along with a feast and pow wow, is scheduled for June 7. Graduation will be held on June 8 and will include a pinning ceremony for the first 20 graduates of the nursing program.

Even as the health sciences building is being completed, the college is also planning to build a 60 foot by 68 foot addition to the library to house the growing collection of books and provide additional office space. Work on this smaller project is expected to be completed by fall.

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