A new learning center for nursing and health care students at Pueblo Community College is another step closer to reality.
The new PCC Nursing and Allied Health Teaching & Learning Center — a partnership between the college and St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center that will grow PCC’s capacity by moving many of its classes into vacated space at the hospital — recently received substantial funding.
The Pueblo Urban Renewal Authority announced in December that Tax Increment Financing dollars would be used to match U.S. Economic Development Administration funds for the project.
PURA will match $300,000 in EDA funds and contribute an additional $200,000 for a total of $800,000.
St. Mary-Corwin is within the Lake Minnequa Urban Renewal Area. Andrea DelaGarza, spokesperson for PURA, said the PCC project is expected to provide a substantial economic boost to the community.
“Our mission is to revitalize these neighborhoods,” DelaGarza said.
“When we had this opportunity to partner with PCC to renovate the areas outlined for the nursing program, we thought it was a great way to get students into St. Mary Corwin and to revive the hospital in the areas that were just sitting empty.”
DelaGarza said the addition of the learning and teaching center should increase activity within the urban renewal area, boosting patronage to businesses on the Lake Avenue corridor.