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Bismarck State College plans to move its health sciences programs from the city-owned downtown facility to what’s known as the UNISYS building located on the east end of the campus.

BSC has been leasing 15,000 square feet of the 500 E. Front Ave. building since 2005. On Tuesday, the city commission approved the college’s request to terminate its operating lease agreement, effective Aug. 31. If the move is not feasible by that date, BSC will be allowed to continue its lease month to month.

“We’re very excited for the college and for the community to be able to expand our health sciences programs by moving onto the campus,” said Bismarck State College President Larry Skogen.

The BSC Foundation has begun renovating the UNISYS building, which it acquired a few years ago, for the health sciences facility, according to Skogen. The project is estimated to cost $8 million.

The 30,000-square-foot space will be complete with state-of-the-art-technology and the equipment needed to prepare for the health care jobs of the future, he said.

A virtual hospital will be created in the facility to allow innovation and collaboration between the programs, providing more training opportunities in nursing, surgical technology, EMT/paramedic technology, medical lab technician and certified nursing assistant programs.

“I think it’s been terrific to have BSC downtown, and I hate to see them leave our downtown area,” Commissioner Nancy Guy said.

The city is not yet sure what it’ll do with the soon-to-be vacant space, according to City Administrator Keith Hunke.

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(Reach Cheryl McCormack at 701-250-8264 or cheryl.mccormack@bismarcktribune.com.)​

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