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2/7/06

Tallahassee Community College Announces Largest Gift in School's History from Ghazvini family

Source: TCC Today

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (January 24, 2006) - Today, Tallahassee Community College (TCC) announced that it has received a $2 million gift, the largest, non-corporate individual gift in the college's history. Contributed by the Ghazvini family, this gift will enable TCC to enhance its soon-to-be-built Center for Health Education into a state-of-the-art training facility.

"We are thrilled with this gift from the Ghazvini family and would like to thank them for their generous and valuable contribution," said Dr. Bill Law, President of Tallahassee Community College. "This new center will help to bring TCC to the forefront of college health care programs and establish our students as the top in their field."

TCC's New Center for Health Education will be named after Tallahassee's Ghazvini family.
TCC's New Center for Health Education will be named after Tallahassee's Ghazvini family.
As a result of the gift, the new 65,000-square-foot Center for Health Education will feature cutting-edge technology, such as a simulated patient care unit with highly sophisticated equipment that will give students valuable practice prior to their clinical assignments. The center has the potential to drastically impact and improve TCC's ability to meet critical shortages of health care professionals, while advancing the delivery of regional health care education. Plans include increasing enrollment capacity in TCC's health education programs by nearly 100 percent within the next five years.

Married for 50 years, Mina and Hossein Ghazvini have raised three sons, instilling in them a strong work ethic and commitment to family and community. With the strong support of his wife, Mr. Ghazvini served in executive banking positions for more than 30 years before joining their sons in Tallahassee in 1989. Their eldest son, Mehrdad, operates Premier Construction/Capital Property Consultants and is married to Dr. Alisa Ghazvini, an early childhood consultant. Their second son, Behzdad, is an engineer who runs Sandco, an excavating and road development company, and is married to Dr. Patty Ghazvini, a pharmacy professor at FAMU. The Ghazvini's youngest son, Mehran, is a chiropractor who owns Premier Health Clinic and Rehab of Tallahassee.

Rather than build its Center for Health Education on campus, far from the medical corridor, TCC worked with local health care partners, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and Capital Regional Medical Center, to find the ideal location adjacent to nearly all health care providers in the Capital City. The center will allow TCC to work directly with closely affiliated health care providers to offer the highest quality and state-of-the-art, applied health education program in North Florida.

"We share in TCC's excitement about its Center for Health Education, which will be located adjacent to the TMH campus. TCC will be the first to develop on this land gift, provided by TMH, that we hope will serve as a collaborative campus for health education and research," said Mark O'Bryant, President and CEO of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. "Our strategic plan specifically speaks to the value of educational partnerships and this represents a major step in achieving that direction."

"TCC has been instrumental in developing a vibrant health care workforce in Leon County. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful health care program in our community," said Sharon Roush, Chief Executive Officer, Capital Regional Medical Center. "Dr. Law and the leadership of TCC have been very receptive to our feedback on the growing need for health care professionals. The students graduating from TCC are an asset to our hospital and this demonstrates the high caliber of programming at TCC."

Since 1966, Tallahassee Community College has offered high-quality, post-secondary education for the citizens of Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla counties, along with students from throughout the state, nation and abroad. The College's traditionally strong faculty provides an excellent foundation for its many graduates entering the workforce and moving on to four-year colleges and universities.

 

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