Grant may benefit nursing students


November 16th, 2010

Low-income students who are hoping to pursue a nursing degree may be eligible receive assistance from an $8.5 million grant that was recently awarded to Gateway Community and Technical College (GCTC).

Awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, the grant is meant for students who may have a hard time paying for college.

Students who may benefit are those who qualify for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or those who are eligible for Pell grants.

GCTC’s Department of Nursing and Allied Health will receive money from the grant over five years, and nearly $1.8 million in funds to be provided initially.

G. Edward Hughes, GCTC president and CEO, believes that the grant will have a huge impact on students, the institution and the region’s healthcare industry. In addition, he says it will “provide well-qualified workers in a broader range of occupations to healthcare providers.”

The grant is expected to produce about 20 full-or part-time faculty and staff positions.

Within its nursing program, GCTC currently offers tracks in general and practical nursing, as well as one for prospective certified nursing assistants.

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