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ADA, Okla. – East Central University will host a groundbreaking ceremony for its new STEM Center/School of Nursing building on June 25 at 9 a.m. The event will take place north of the Physical and Environmental Science Center, located at the corner of N. Francis Ave. & E. 9th St.

“We are thrilled to mark this significant milestone for East Central University alongside our community members," said ECU President Wendell Godwin. "This state-of-the-art STEM Center/School of Nursing facility will provide crucial support to our healthcare systems both locally and regionally."

The new facility will house a simulation center and more than 25 hands-on learning labs and STEM classrooms equipped with the latest technology, among many more features.

The construction of this new building and expansion of the nursing program is expected to generate a 400% increase in nursing graduates from ECU. Historically, 84% of nursing graduates stay in Oklahoma five years after graduation and 75% of students are accepted into medical school.

The average pass rate for the ECU School of Nursing on the registered nurses NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) is 97%, while the national average is 82%.

This expansion will allow ECU to recruit a number of new staff and faculty as well as more than 200 new nursing students to the university.

"We invite everyone to join us in celebrating this historic occasion," continued Godwin

The new facility will serve to reaffirm ECU’s commitment to educating students and to transforming students’ lives for generations to come.


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