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CCCC Receives $350,059 Mass Skills Capital Grant to Enhance and Expand Nursing and Allied Health Education

Cape Cod Community College was awarded  over $350,000 in state grant funds Friday, March 3, 2017 to enhance Nursing and Allied Health learning and skill development at the College and support the expansion of these programs.  President John Cox, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Susan Miller, Dean Susan Maddigan, and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees David Bushy accepted the award from Governor Charlie Baker.

Nursing students with simulatorThe Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant funds will permit the College to purchase highly sophisticated technology and teaching simulators, leveraging private donations in purchasing new patient simulator “manikins” and other needed equipment for the Nursing and Allied Health Learning Resource Center. The grant and gifts will allow the College to provide state-of-the-art technology as part of the planned renovation and expansion of the Center this summer.

“As Cape Cod moves ahead with the expansion of our Nursing and Allied Health programs, and our partnership with Cape Cod Healthcare, community donors, the Governor, and his Administration have recognized the teaching and success of our faculty and staff.  The State’s commitment through this grant enhances our ability to better serve our students and our region’s workforce.  I appreciate the Governor’s investment in Cape Cod Community College,” Dr. Cox shared.

Vice President Miller explained that the state grant will enhance the expansion efforts in the Nursing Program, increasing enrollment by 24 to as many as 32 additional students per year over the next three years, and increasing the knowledge and skills of each student.

“Not only will we increase our student numbers, but these funds will purchase technology that will allow students to develop competency in patient assessment, intervention, and the evaluation of care provided. The simulators’ ability to exhibit a very wide range of both routine, and highly critical medical conditions and events, allows our students to learn physical assessment skills, and monitor indications of changing patient conditions. In doing so, they develop very complex skills in patient interaction, safety, infection prevention, fall prevention, complex medication administration, fluid therapy, and dressing changes,” explained VP Miller, a nurse herself, and former head of the College’s Nursing Program, before joining the College’s senior administrative team.

The Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant also assists the College in meeting a great demand for trained nurses and allied health workers in the Cape and Islands, and South Shore region. 20% of all jobs in this region are in healthcare, and the demand continues to grow. Cape Cod Healthcare alone has stated that it needs to recruit at least 70 new nurses per year, and has made a $1,000,000 commitment to the College’s expansion plans as part of their attempt to meet that goal.

The CCCC Nursing and Allied Health programs have a 40+ year history of excellence, with Nursing Graduates routinely passing the rigorous NCLEX RN exam, and rates that often are at the top of all other programs state-wide, and rival national statistics.