Gila Community College broke ground on its new nursing skills building on Oct. 30.
Officials from the GCC board, Town of Payson and Gila County, along with staff from the college, gathered across from the current cosmetology building to pose with shovels.
The new building, a gift from a contractor in southern Gila County, will house the nursing program.
When the GCC board voted to accept the gift on Sept. 5, Senior Dean Stephen Cullen said the building would provide a place for nursing students to conduct clinicals.
“Currently, they are using the Gracie Lee Haught facility ... (it) is a very busy facility (and) it is very congested,” he told the board. “It sets our students behind the skills level they need.”
President of the board Jay Spehar provided an estimate that the cost of adding the building will come to $228,344.
The estimated increase in square footage will be 2,640 square feet.