It was standing room only for the grand opening of the Colaccino Center for Health Sciences on October 24, 2018. AIC students, faculty, staff, and dignitaries were on hand for the celebration.
The new, state-of-the-art educational facility offers spacious classrooms and hands-on labs for undergraduate and graduate students in exercise science, nursing, physical therapy, public health, and occupational therapy. The 20,000-square-foot facility provides AIC students with simulation, rehabilitation, and human performance laboratories, as well as smart classrooms, ample study areas, faculty offices, and conference space. Athletic training programs will be introduced beginning in 2021.
The Colaccino Center for Health Sciences was named in recognition of Frank Colaccino ’73, Honorary ’12, the founder, president and CEO of The Colvest Group in Springfield. While serving as chair of the Board of Trustees finance committee in 2005, Mr. Colaccino was instrumental in helping restore the College’s solvency after facing extreme financial jeopardy. In 2007, and again in 2015, he assumed the role of chair of the Board of Trustees and is the first alumnus in the College’s history to hold this position.
During the ceremony, Mr. Colaccino reflected on his family’s story of immigrating to the United States and the importance that education…including the education he received at American International College…has played in his life.
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