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TJC approves bond election for new facility

The Tyler Junior College Board of Trustees approved a bond election that could result in a $50 million dollar Nursing and Health Sciences Facility being built on campus.

The facility would contain state of the art classrooms and labs. The college says it has the staff, but a facility for support.

"This new building will allow  that wonderful human resource to be matched with a terrific physical resource," said Paul Monagan, dean of the Nursing and Health Sciences Department.

Recently, students have been using outdated equipment and studying in a rundown facility.

Students tell us a new facility would make the transition to the "real world" easier.

"If we had it here, you know, we could actually be in practice. Be in the real world," said student Kacie Koss.

If passed, students and faculty hope the facility will be up and running by 2014.

The total cost of the facility would be $50 million. Half of that would come from tax dollars, and the rest from donors and student fees.  

Taxes for those in TJC's tax district would see an annual increase of $16 dollars per $100,000 home value.

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