Carroll Community College Receives Competitive Institutional Grants to Support Expansion of Nursing Education and Faculty Development

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Trish McCarthy Carroll, Chief Communications Officer, Carroll Community College, Work: 410-386-8184
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Westminster, Md., June 17, 2020—Carroll Community College (Carroll) has received two grants from the Nurse Support Program II (NSP II), to drive the expansion of its capacity to educate nurses at the College. With the goal to increase the number of nurses in Maryland hospitals, this program is funded by Maryland’s Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) and administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).

“These grants will enable our nursing program to continue to deliver a state-of-the art program to more students and address the nursing shortage in our state,” said Dr. James D. Ball, President, Carroll Community College.

“We are so pleased to have received these grants,” said Dr. Nancy Perry, DNP, RN, CNE, Nursing Program Director and Chair, Allied Health, at Carroll Community College. “These funds will allow us to expand the number of students enrolled in the Associate to Bachelor’s (ATB) program here at the College, as well as support the nursing faculty to continue their professional development.”

The College received an implementation grant to support a multi-year effort to recruit more students into the program and promote the ATB model. The ability to complete a Registered Nursing program at a community college while simultaneously working towards a bachelor’s degree has proven to be a successful path for many students. Carroll has agreements with the University of Maryland, Frostburg State University, Stevenson University, and Towson University for the ATB model.

To achieve its goal to increase enrollment in ATB programs, the College will develop new marketing campaigns, institute recruitment visits at area high schools, and expand its advising efforts. It will also host a student conference to educate community members about nursing careers.

A second grant will fund professional development opportunities for faculty, enabling them to remain current in their area of clinical expertise. “It is imperative that our faculty learn about new, innovative approaches in nursing care and program delivery, so that our students are prepared to enter the workforce as safe and competent practitioners,” said Perry.

The College’s nursing program integrates classroom learning, clinical experience with patient care simulators and clinical rotations to provide a comprehensive educational experience. Carroll’s Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLNCNEA).



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