The Broussard Family Gives FVCC $4 Million to Build a Center for Nursing and Health Education in Memory of Rebecca Broussard

Flathead Valley Community College received a gift of $4 million from the Broussard Family, the largest gift ever given to the college, to build a Nursing and Health Education Center as a tribute to the late Rebecca Broussard.  The facility will house classes and labs for FVCC nursing programs as well as other allied health programs.  It also will include a student health clinic to provide affordable basic health care services to FVCC students.

“FVCC touches the lives of so many people in our community in many ways,” said Jerome Broussard, Rebecca’s husband.  “We wanted to recognize Becky’s extraordinary life as a nurse and philanthropist and build a lasting legacy for Becky who deeply cared about nursing and the community.” 

“This building will honor Becky for her commitment and dedication to nursing education and the community,” said FVCC President Jane Karas.  “The facility will enable FVCC to enhance our nursing education programs and provide our students limitless opportunities.  We are sincerely grateful to Jerome and his daughters, Sarah and Rebecca, for their generosity and continued commitment to education and our community.”

The Broussard’s gift will cover the majority of construction expenses for a proposed $5 million building on which the college plans to break ground in the spring of 2012.  The Broussard family challenges the community to join the Flathead Valley Community College Foundation in raising the additional $1 million in construction costs to house FVCC’s growing nursing program and other health programs and a student health clinic. 

“My mother was a remarkable woman and would be so pleased if our community came together to support this much needed facility,” said Sarah Broussard.

The college has doubled its practical nursing program and is expecting final approval in July from the Montana Board of Nursing to offer a new associate of science in nursing program to prepare students to become registered nurses.  Other programs to be housed in the facility will include certified nurse’s aide courses, medical assistant program, paramedicine program and the new emergency management and physical therapy programs as well as the student health clinic.

“I am honored by this very generous gift that will support our college in continuing to offer high quality nursing and health science education to students and the community,” said Nursing Program Director Myrna Ridenour.  “As a nurse, Becky understood the importance of quality nursing education.  Each day and for many years to come, FVCC will be able to support the nursing students of Northwest Montana in attaining their educational and career goals.”  

Through previous generosity of the Broussard family, the Jerome and Rebecca Broussard Family Endowed Scholarship Fund at FVCC was established in 2003.   The fund has grown to over $1.2 million and to date, it has provided 229 students with scholarships. 

The Broussard family owns Rebecca Farm, a world-class English equestrian facility in Kalispell.  Rebecca was a major figure in the world of equestrian eventing, and her daughter, Sarah, and the Broussard family continue her legacy.  This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Event at Rebecca Farm scheduled for July 21-24.  This remarkable community event is free and open to the public. 

For more information, contact FVCC Executive Director, Institutional Advancement Colleen Unterreiner at 756-3914 or at colleenu@fvcc.edu.

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