nursing-building-170RICHLAND, Wash. – The community is invited to see how a former retail building has been transformed into a state-of-the art nursing education facility at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23.

The College of Nursing program at WSU Tri-Cities moved into its new building over the holidays and is holding classes in the space at 1266 Lee Blvd., Richland. The building is near the intersection of Lee and Goethals Drive – about 4½ miles south of the main campus.

The open house will start with a short program. Refreshments will be served.

Just over a year ago, leaders from Group Health Cooperative, Kadlec Health System, Lampson International, Lourdes Health Network, Trios Health (formerly Kennewick General Hospital) and Prosser Memorial Hospital Foundation announced a regional partnership with more than $3 million in donations and in-kind support.

This included Kadlec’s offer of a $1-per-year lease of the building for 20 years with a 10-year extension. In addition, WSU President Elson S. Floyd committed $1 million toward construction costs.

“This generous investment by our health care industry partners illustrates how much can be accomplished when community partners and WSU come together to turn our collective vision for student-centered education and community needs into reality,” said WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor H. Keith Moo-Young.

“This new space does more than provide a state-of-the-art learning environment for future nurses,” he said. “It also allows room for growth on the WSU Tri–Cities main campus as we build our academic, research and student engagement programs.”

Through WSU Tri-Cities, students can earn the bachelor of science in nursing, registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing, and master of nursing degrees as well as post-master’s certificates. The nursing program at WSU Tri-Cities is competitive, with more than 120 students applying for about 48 openings each year. For details, visit

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Melissa O’Neil Perdue, Marketing & Communications Manager, WSU Tri-Cities, 509-372-7319, cell/text 509-727-3094,