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Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation $100K Grant - Health Occupations

Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation $100K Grant - Health Occupations

In an effort to provide educational opportunities for area residents in Jefferson College’s six Health Occupations programs, the Jefferson College Foundation recently received two grants on behalf of the college totaling $100,000 to underwrite a series of first-year allied health scholarships and the purchase of state-of-the-art instructional equipment.

“The college is ecstatic to be able to provide cutting edge instructional technology and scholarship assistance in connection with its emphasis in the health occupations field,” said Jefferson College President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey. “I am thankful for the Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation’s support through the Jefferson College Foundation as a means to enhance healthcare-related job training and improve the quality of life in our county.”

As a regional leader in providing high quality associate degree programs, the college has expanded its offerings by creating several new healthcare-centered training programs to meet the demand for skilled professionals. As a result, $20,000 will be used to provide scholarships to 18 first-year students in the Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Radiologic Technology, Biomedical Electronics Technician, and Health Information Technology programs.

The remaining $80,000 of the grant will be used to purchase an Anatomage Table, the most technologically advanced anatomy visualization system for anatomy education that is being used by many of the world’s leading medical schools and institutions. As the centerpiece of a new Anatomy and Physiology Resource Room, the system will be used in the college’s health technology curriculum for improved student performance through interactive demonstration and assessment of student content mastery.

“The Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation grants will bring fantastic resources to the
Jefferson College Health Occupation students,” said Health Occupations Division Chair Kenny Wilson. “The scholarships will be used to assist local students in achieving their personal goals of working in the healthcare field by helping them decrease financial barriers. The Anatomage Table is a cutting-edge instructional tool that will help the faculty to further engage students in learning and using anatomy content.”

The grants were awarded from the Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation as one of 39 local agencies that received a total of $2,156,000. This is the first time that the grants were awarded and will continue twice per year for organizations and public entities that will use the resources to improve healthcare in Jefferson County.

The college estimates the number of individuals in the region with interest in health occupations exceeds 600 and includes teens, young adults, adults, and seniors.