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Major Grant to Fund Nursing Program

Release Date: 7/6/2009

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CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College
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Carroll Community College Announces Major Grant to Fund Nursing Program

 

Westminster, Md., July 6, 2009-Carroll Community College has received a grant from the state of Maryland for $1,115,279 which will allow the nursing program to accept students in the spring semester, also known as a "spring start."  Traditionally, new students have only been accepted in the fall semesters. As a result, more nursing students will be admitted to the program, increasing the annual number of graduates.

The Nurse Support Program II (NSPII) grant is from the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) and the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). The college received notification of the award in May and the grant was effective on July 1, 2009.

"The goal of NSP II is to increase the number of bedside nurses in Maryland hospitals. NSP II focuses on expanding the capacity to educate nurses, and therefore, concentrate on the nursing educational system, including schools offering nursing programs and hospitals" according to the MHEC website. HSCRC has contracted with MHEC to administer NSPII.

College President Dr. Faye Pappalardo said, "The grant is an indicator of the high quality of instruction in our nursing program and it is a significant contributor to growing the number of students who enter the nursing profession."

" We are thrilled to be able to use grant funds to enable expansion of our nursing program," said Dr. James Ball, vice president of Academic and Student Affairs. "We are truly grateful for the NSPII grant as it will enable the college to gradually take on the full cost of program expansion. This is an unprecedented five-year funding opportunity."

"In spring, 2010, the college will be accepting 32 additional students into the nursing program," said Nursing Director Nancy Perry. "Every year thereafter, the college will accept 40 additional students."

The grant largely supports new faculty, for whom the hiring process is underway. Each year, the grant gradually phases out and the college assumes 20 percent of the cost so that by the sixth year after the initial grant, the college becomes wholly responsible for the costs of educating the additional nursing students, said Dean of Mathematics, Business, and Sciences Judy Coen.

While not every community college in the state offers a "spring start," many within geographic proximity to Carroll offer it. "In the past, some students from Carroll County have chosen to enroll at area community colleges, but now with our "spring start", we believe we can keep the best of Carroll County in the county," said Coen.

The first graduating class in 2005 was 19 students. The nursing program has grown to 56 graduates in 2009, according to Perry.

The grant will also fund half the cost of a high fidelity birth simulator mannequin, while the college Foundation will provide the remaining funds to purchase the mannequin.

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