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COC nursing program awarded $284K grant

Posted: April 7, 2010 1:12 p.m.
Updated: April 7, 2010 1:29 p.m.
 
The College of the Canyons nursing program has been awarded more than $284,000 in grant funding through the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) Song-Brown Program - aid that the college needs to maintain its highly regarded nursing program and continue to train nursing students despite the state budget situation.

In all, more than $2.7 million was awarded to 15 registered nurse education programs across the state.

"We appreciate that the state recognizes the tremendous need to train more nurses even in the face of the current budget shortfalls," said Sue Albert, dean of Allied Health at the college. "This additional funding will enable COC to continue to address the statewide nursing shortage by training 10 additional nursing students each semester."

The grant funding will also help pay for additional nursing faculty and staff to better serve the department's growing list of students, while providing tools to help improve the program's student retention rates.

"Our goal is to have these students successfully complete the program and be employed by our local hospitals," Albert said.

The Song-Brown Program was established in 1973 to help increase the number of health professional training slots established in medical schools. The program provides financial support to family practice residency, nurse practitioner, physician's assistant and registered nurse education programs throughout the state.

Awards are funded by the California Health Data Planning Fund, which was established to receive and expend revenues in support of healthcare related programs. Funds are generated through annual fees collected from health facilities.

"Through the Song-Brown Program, California is able to build its nursing workforce by increasing the educational capacity of nursing programs within California," said OSHPD director Dr. David Carlisle. "These grants help encourage a nursing workforce that will reflect California's diversity and expand access to quality healthcare in medically underserved areas."

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