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New Semester Brings Newly Opened Building for Wesley College

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Wesley College is breathing new life into an old building in Dover. Monday was the first day of classes for the semester and the first day of classes ever at the school's new Health Sciences Building.

Until 2009 the space was the Frear Federal Building. Since that time, it has sat unused.

Wesley's nursing program is changing that. The program has about 200 students between undergrads and graduates.

One of those undergrads is senior Lauren Kowal. She was working with a mannequin patient Monday morning in the building.

"It's awesome," she said. "There's so much room. Everything is organized. In the old building, everything was crammed into a few small rooms."

"We're not stuck in a little basement," said Tanya Bode, also a senior nursing student. "It's very big. We have big classrooms. We all fit in one classroom together."

Robert Contino, chair of the nursing department, says the extra space is a big deal as Wesley's nursing program grows.

"We've seen an increase in our undergraduate numbers over five years ago," he said. "Having the additional space will allow us to bring in more students to the college."

The college had its eye on this building since the federal government left in 2009. In 2012 Wesley got it. Contino says there were more than $2 million in renovations. They will have an impact felt beyond the nursing program.

"We were looking to expand our nursing program and also for the college to expand in other areas of health sciences," he said.

Those programs have not been developed yet.

Moving the nursing program to the old Frear Building opened up a lot of space on the main part of the campus. It's little less than a mile away. Because of that, school is offering a shuttle to get students back and forth.

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