Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) invites all community members to attend a health simulation lab and cosmetology salon open house Monday, Oct. 14, from 4-7 p.m., in Max Clark Hall on the Calmar campus.

Over the summer, NICC completely renovated Max Clark Hall spaces to install the new simulation lab for students enrolled in credit and non-credit healthcare programs at the college. NICC also completed extensive renovations of the current full-service salon used by students enrolled in the Cosmetology program. Community members may tour the new improvements and view demonstrations at the open house event.

The college's Bridges2Healthcare grant, supported by the U.S Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCT) Grant Program, funded construction and installation of the $370,000 health simulation lab. Funds from the Accelerated Careers in Education program also supported the construction.

The simulation lab will greatly enhance student learning and career preparation. In addition to nursing students, the labs will be utilized by Emergency Medical Technician students.

NICC will also use the simulation labs to provide advanced training for ongoing, non-credit training for healthcare professionals throughout Northeast Iowa. This technologically advanced instruction employs simulators, or manikins, in a variety of programmable healthcare scenarios. The manikins behave as real human beings that breathe, give birth and exhibit other physiological responses as part of each student's learning.

The $123,000 cosmetology salon renovation project, which was self-funded from cosmetology customer sales, features enhanced spaces for students, faculty and clients who utilize salon services. The full-service salon, staffed by NICC Cosmetology program students who work under the direction of faculty, is open to the public throughout the year.