Durham Tech expansion plans include healthcare center


DURHAM, NC (WNCN) – CBS 17 delves into expansion plans for Durham Technical Community College.

Voters passed a referendum on the $112.7 million bond that will pay for new life sciences and healthcare buildings on campus.

Speaking of the life sciences facility, Durham Tech President JB Buxton told CBS 17 that he will emulate what the Triangle’s biotechnology facilities are doing with vaccines and other drugs.

“It’s going to be a high-tech, very hands-on training environment,” Buxton said.

The new health facility will do the same, focusing on what you need to know if you want to be a nurse or a medical assistant, among other jobs. The college receives feedback from Duke Health, UNC Health, and other healthcare companies prior to construction.

The bond will also pay for future expansion of the Durham campus, which could include more classroom or childcare space.

“As a public institution, we have to go through the bidding process to do this. But we have to involve our architects and construction companies,” Buxton said.

College leaders tell CBS 17 that if all goes according to plan, these new buildings could be finished by the end of 2024 or around 2025.


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