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Cape Cod Community College Receives 4-Year Federal Grant Totaling Nearly $2 Million

To Increase the Retention and Completion Success of Economically & Academically Disadvantaged Students, and Those from Rural/Isolated Areas Enrolled in the College’s Associate of Science in Nursing Program and the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing On-Campus Partnership with UMass Boston.

Nursing graduateThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through its Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded Cape Cod Community College, in partnership with eight regional healthcare organizations and employers, a four-year, $1,999,760 grant intended to increase both Associate of Science in Nursing, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree completion rates of students from at-risk populations in this region. Awarded in increments of $499,970 per year, the funds will support a comprehensive series of academic and student financial support efforts, professional development/training for faculty, and Nursing curriculum enhancements, to improve students’ success and cultural awareness. Part of those enhancements will create access for high school students to begin their academic journey to the Nursing Degree. Through a dual enrollment pathway, high school students will take College courses that prepare them to enter the Nursing Program, and they will earn both high school and College credit for those courses.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the College and the region to enable more students to succeed in an increasingly challenging Nursing Program. There is a great need for Registered Nurses, as well as the more advanced BSN credentialed nurses. Meeting more of that need with these grant funds, benefits everyone,” stated John Cox, President of Cape Cod Community College.

Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Susan Miller, herself a Registered Nurse with a distinguished career in healthcare as well as academia, noted that a great deal of the grant’s focus will be on providing significant academic and peer support, tutoring, mentoring, and extra classroom/faculty instruction for students in the program, all aimed at helping students complete both the Associates Degree and the Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

“Remediation and re-entry opportunities will be available for students who struggle during the first term of classes. A student success coach will work closely with at-risk students to help them stay in the program. Successful students will serve as peer mentors to incoming nursing students,” she explained. “In addition, some of the funds will be used to provide financial support for particular students who would be at-risk for dropping out of the program because of financial limitations. Our goal is to improve graduation rates, and a major barrier for some, is financial,” she continued.

Partnering with the College in the project are eight healthcare providing organizations on the Cape and Islands: Cape Cod Healthcare and its 30 component units including Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital, The Duffy Health Center, Outer Cape Health Care, the Mashpee Wampanoag Health Service Unit, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard hospitals, Barnstable County Human Services Office, and the Community Health Center of Cape Cod.

The project will be overseen by two senior faculty members in the College’s Nursing Program: Professor Marianne Targino-Van Beber, MSN., and Professor Laura Seabury, Ph.D.

Funding will begin with the new budget year, starting July 1, 2017, and the program will grow from that starting point and run through June 30, 2021.