NCTC could probably
get a cheap long term lease for the space it needs at The Gainesville Outlet Mall or buy it for a couple million dollars,
maybe less. It has great curb appeal and is a modern, modular facility. It already has a food court and is ADA
compliant. NCTC and Flower Mound tout how great it was for NCTC to become the "Anchor" tenant at the mall
in Flower Mound. If that was good for Flower Mound, why isn't it good for Gainesville?
doesn't want two campuses in Cooke County and says it is too costly and inconvenient for students. If it was too
costly, why did they do it in Denton County? Most Health Science programs like nursing are full-time programs.
Most nursing students don't have time to take outside courses even if they wanted to. Why not put all the health
science classes and programs at the Outlet Mall? They could also move some of the other administrative functions like
Information Technology. The Outlet Mall is much more modern than the old NCTC Buildings they keep telling us about and
the price is right!
4. Start a Night and/or Weekend Program for Nursing and if necessary other
Health Sciences Programs.
Nursing and many other health science occupations are not 8-5 Monday - Friday
types of jobs. Many of them work around the clock. Why not start a night and/or weekend program to make better
use of the space we have. If the real objective is to get more students enrolled and graduated vs. get some very large
and expensive new buildings, this seems like a no-brainer.
5. Lease the unused wing at NTMC for
NCTC Health Science Clinical and Classroom Space.
Cooke County Taxpayers are already paying for this space
as a result of the NTMC bond for $26.5 million that passed a few years ago. If NTMC is only using one of two wings,
why not let the college use the other? What could be a better place to learn nursing than a modern, up to date hospital
wing? Anyone wonder how much space would not be effectively used at NCTC if the $30.7 million bond passes