The White Pine County School District announced it is the recipient of a $2.1 million grant from the William N. Pennington Foundation for the construction of a health occupations classroom and laboratory at the White Pine County High School.

The William N. Pennington Foundation was formed by the late William N. Pennington, a gaming industry pioneer and philanthropist, providing grants to Northern Nevada based organizations in the areas of education, community services, health care, and medical research.

The new Regional Health Occupations Training Center will provide students at White Pine High School a state-of-the-art educational facility. In addition to the classroom and learning laboratory, the classroom will be equipped with the best medical training equipment, which was also provided by a grant from the Pennington Foundation.

While the main focus of this facility will be providing services to high school students, it will also be used by local health care providers. The William B. Ririe Hospital and Clinic, White Pine Care Center, White Pine County EMT’s, and Great Basin College will all use this facility to provide professional training and instruction.

“We are extremely excited for the opportunities this facility will bring to our students,” said White Pine County School District Superintendent Bob Dolezal. “There are no adequate words to describe how thankful we are for the tremendous support the William N Pennington Foundation has given the health occupations program over the past several years. This addition is something we never dreamt possible and without the Pennington Foundation’s assistance it would remain only a dream.”

The approximate 5,000 sq. ft. facility will house a classroom, five fully equipped hospital bed work stations, an area for physical therapy instruction including hydro-therapy, an ADA teaching rest room, and a nurse’s office/sick room for students. CORE Construction will begin construction of the facility in July with a target completion date of June 2017.