The College of the Albemarle (COA) has always had an outstanding health sciences program. For Outer Banks students, though, participating it has been difficult. Instruction was provided almost exclusively in Elizabeth City where the main campus is located.
That may be changing.
COA in partnership with Dare County is building a 36,000 square foot facility for the Manteo Campus. The COA Foundation has announced that they will partner with the Outer Banks Hospital in outfitting the facility and creating programs at the campus.
According to a press release from the COA Foundation, the wing designated for health sciences will continue a longstanding relationship with the hospital that includes clinical experience in nursing and related fields.
In addition to the health sciences wing, the new campus will include state of the art technology allowing classrooms to be used interchangeably for a number of disciplines.
The building represents one part of the commitment to higher by Dare County. The county will pay the tuition of any local student who chooses to attend COA.
Although COA offers a number of classes, at this time it is still unclear what specific courses will be offered when the new building opens.
Beginning in September of last year, construction on the new building began officially when the old Manteo Middle School was demolished. The school had been used for COA classes for years, but black mold and foundation damage made it impractical to continue using the building.
Demolition of the old building took a full two months. Groundbreaking for the new building was on December 14.
Scheduled completion for the new building is February of 2022.
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