Patrick McPartland/Staff Photographer - D'Youville College has joined other s at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Innovation Center housed in the former Trico Building on Ellicott Street in Buffalo
D’Youville College in Buffalo is joining the mix of tenants in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Innovation Center housed in the former Trico Building at 640 Ellicott St.
The college has leased approximately 1,600 square feet of space in the center that has been renovated into state of the art facilities including a classroom and offices.
Called the D’Youville Center for Professional Studies, the private college is the first college or university in the research and development facility.
The college facility ties in with D’Youville’s new Professional Development Program designed for working professionals who want to upgrade their education and training, and acquire current skills and knowledge to keep pace with rapidly changing development in their field.
D’Youville will initially offer professional upgrade courses in occupational therapy and dietetics for health care professionals in April with evening classes for registered nurses seeking bachelors’ degrees in nursing scheduled for this fall.
Continuing education courses in certified public accounting and leadership are also in the works along with a variety of other programs to be offered in the center in 2012-13.
“The Medical Campus is the hub of health care activity and D’Youville is one of the leaders in this type of education so our presence is important,” said Dr. Arup Sen, vice president for academic affairs at the college. “We want to reach out to the community and make it convenient for individuals to take advantage of our educational opportunities,” he added.
Students and faculty will also be close to a number of life sciences and biotechnology startup companies that offer collaboration and internships.
D’Youville is already working with Advantage Home Telehealth Inc. on grants and internships, and with ServSafe, a food training and certification company for food handlers at all levels in the food industry, both located in the center. According to Sen, “Our presence in the center opens new avenues for our students.”
D’Youville, now in its second century, has long been a leader in health care education offering a wide array of programs, the most recent being pharmacy and chiropractic.
This is the second satellite campus D’Youville has established. In October, it opened a facility at Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clarence for registered nurses seeking a bachelor’s degree.
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