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University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College receives two grants for nearly $6 million to expand, grow nursing program across campuses

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- Two grants are coming collectively to assist the University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College combat the reducing quantity of nurses within the United States.

“The first grant that we received recently was from the Department of Labor, and it is a consortium grant,” University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College Chancellor, Doctor Summer DeProw, mentioned.

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The nursing program was awarded $5,736,624 from the United States Department of Labor to broaden nursing schooling to Arkansas. The Arkansas Community Colleges Association and New Growth secured the grant.

According to a press launch for UA-PTC, “The grant will provide funds for additional nursing faculty, student success coaches, grant administrators, and institutional research staff.”

The U.S. Department of Labor granted $65 million to 16 faculties in 14 states, and UA-PTC was one of them.

The second grant was from the Windgate Foundation.

“It’s a $93,000 grant that is solely for equipment, and that equipment is going to help everyone in the practical nursing program as well as our CNA program, but predominantly the licensed practical nurse,” DeProw mentioned.

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The UA-PTC hopes to assist educate suppliers on all of the pathways of care.

“One, we want to expand and bring in more students in with certified nursing, we want to bring in more students in the EMT, and then we are going to be able to have a stronger pipeline of students into the license practical nursing program,” DeProw mentioned.

“COVID put such a pressure on Allied health, particularly nurses that many of them don’t want to stay with the profession,” Deprow mentioned. “There’s a huge amount of turnover; there’s anticipated that millions of nurses are going to either retire or just leave the profession  altogether, but at the same time, we have more illness.”

Both grants will assist profit all areas of the Pulaski Technical College with the hopes of creating extra nurses for all.

“The intent is to not only grow the program but make sure they all graduate at the end,” DeProw mentioned.

From reworking vacant bookstores into lovely workplaces and lecture rooms, they’re making strides to present extra schooling.

“We now have technology that talks to the technology here at the north Little Rock campus, so if we needed one instructor to cover two sets of classes, one south simultaneously with one at North, he or she can actually do that from either location and lecture and do all kinds of demonstrations,” DeProw mentioned.

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Understanding and offering current-day expertise for nurses within the program is the primary precedence, together with their pupil’s success.

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