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OU Southern nursing programs awarded over $100K in funding

December 14, 2018

IRONTON — Ohio University Southern and Collins Career Center have been awarded more than $100,000 for their nursing programs as part of a collaborative RAPIDS grant submitted earlier this year.

The Southern Campus submitted the collaborative grant in May seeking Ohio Department of Higher Education for Collaborative Workforce Development funds, said Sarah Diamond Burroway, external relations director at the Southern Campus.

The Southern Campus will receive $92,020.08 for nursing and clinical lab simulation equipment for its nursing program, she said. Collins Career Center will receive $11,783.65 for its nursing program from the RAPIDS grant.

“The RAPIDS grant will ensure our nursing students receive clinical learning experiences using high-tech equipment,” said Nicole Pennington, Southern Campus dean. “The clinical lab equipment (provided by) the grant will allow our student nurses to develop proficiency in patient care skills that Tri-State health care providers demand.”

The collaborative grant request “is part of a growing effort to strengthen the workforce development in Southeast Ohio,” said Burroway, who submitted the grant. “We are excited to be part of this initiative offered by Ohio’s Department of Higher Education.”

The main campus in Athens also was awarded $64,230.10 for robotics in its engineering program, according to Burroway.

The grant was approved by the state Controlling Board for the university, the branch campus and the vocational school to buy state-of-the-art equipment, according to a news release.

“We are grateful to the state of Ohio for making workforce development funding a top priority,” said Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis. “These funds will allow us to continue providing the best equipment available to our students to help them successfully compete for in-demand jobs in the community.”

Gov. John Kasich said the state Legislature targeted $8 million in the capital budget to assist the state’s public universities, communities and career technical centers in providing new equipment for up-to-date training for in-demand jobs.

“When our schools collaborate to secure funding through the RAPIDS program, it gives students more opportunities to succeed, while strengthening regional businesses and Ohio’s economy,” said John Carey, chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

“The RAPIDS grant will ensure our nursing students receive clinical learning experiences using high-tech equipment.”

Nicole Pennington

OUS Campus dean

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