Harford Community College awarded major nursing grant

Harford Community College was recently awarded a three-year, $434,432 Nursing Support Program Grant by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Maryland's Nursing Support Program seeks to rapidly increase the number of highly-qualified registered nurses to meet the growing workforce need for nurses in the state's hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities.

This Nursing Support Program competitive grant is the third one tat HCC has received from the Maryland Higher Education Commission since 2007. Harford's new grant will provide support for its Accelerated Studies in Nursing: Analyses for Promulgation project, which will research and analyze the effectiveness of accelerated nursing programs. Outcomes will include not only increased numbers of qualified students graduating from HCC's nursing program, but reporting that will enable other colleges and universities to implement the accelerated studies model developed by Harford Community College.

Laura Cianelli Preston, dean of the Nursing Division and grant project director, said in a press release, "This grant will allow selected students to accelerate their nursing education by starting the program in May and completing it the following August. Students spend the summer in nursing classes at a time that traditional students are enjoying a summer break, and this allows the college to use its resources more efficiently. More than 85 percent of the nursing students who start our program complete it and become registered nurses. HCC has shown commitment to the success of all the students in the nursing program by supporting a retention and remediation specialist originally funded by the college's first Nursing Support Program grant."

HCC President Dennis Golladay said in the release, "I am very pleased that the Maryland Higher Education Commission has selected our nursing division as an awardee for its increasingly competitive grant program. This grant will enable Harford to positively impact the dramatic need for registered nurses in northeastern Maryland by preparing well-qualified men and women to meet that need."

The Maryland Higher Education Commission received more than $10 million in requests for the Nursing Support Program grants in 2012 and awarded only $4 million. Harford's nursing division is one of 12 funded by this program statewide.

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