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Ogden tech college gets new health-care building

(Deseret News) Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College broke ground on a health-sciences facility Wednesday, the first new instructional building at the college in 15 years.

With the new facility, the college estimates it will be able to train 1,200 health-care workers every year to meet critical shortages in the field.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services estimates there will be a 43 percent growth in the number of health-care jobs, meaning more than 10,000 workers, in the state by 2020. Shortages in qualified staff and retention issues continue to grow as the population ages and grows.The 80,000-square-foot building in West Ogden will meet LEED Gold environmental standards and double the college's capacity for training and job placement for the school's 12 health-care-occupations programs. The college currently serves nearly 600 health-care trainees each year in fields such as dental and medical assisting, pharmacy technician and practical nursing and more.

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