U.S. LABOR DEPARTMENT AWARDS SMC
Santa Monica College has received a $1.39
million community-based job training grant in health care from the U.S.
Labor Department that will be used to develop an innovative online program
for nursing students.
Development of online courses will help
SMC admit more students into its widely praised nursing program, which
is filled to capacity and always has a long waiting list. Nursing students
will continue to receive their clinical training in hospitals, but many
students will be able to complete many of their courses online.
Danzey said the grant will also allow the college to purchase sophisticated new software for the online courses, such as the human patient simulator that allows students to perform a variety of patient care functions, such as giving injections, on the computer.
First introduced by President Bush in his 2004 State of the Union Address, the grants support workforce training for high growth industries through the nation’s community and technical colleges. Projects receiving funding cover high growth industries including healthcare, construction, advanced manufacturing and energy.
This is the second grant within a month that the college has received for its nursing program. Last month, SMC received a $1.09 million state grant to help nursing students – particularly those at risk of failing – complete the college’s rigorous education program and pass the state licensing exam. The grant awards were made through Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Nurse Education initiative.
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