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Delaware Tech Nursing Program Awarded Major Grant

DOVER – Delaware Tech’s Nursing Department at the Terry Campus was awarded a $162,000 grant to support the expansion of the nursing skills laboratory to include a separate simulation lab. The grant is funded through Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware’s “BluePrints for the Community” grant program.

This funding will support the education of healthcare professionals to meet the employment needs of the State of Delaware. “We are very excited to have a partner like Highmark Delaware,” said Barbara Ridgely, associate vice president for institutional advancement. “This is the largest grant we have received to benefit our nursing program at the Terry Campus, aside from federal and state grants.” “By expanding access to training and education for current and future health care professionals, we can help improve access to quality health care for all Delawareans,” said Tim Constantine, president of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware.

“Highmark Delaware is committed to supporting organizations, such as Delaware Tech, that strive to make a lasting impact on our state’s health care system.” Delaware Tech’s nursing program involves classroom theory and clinical skills. “The new lab simulation equipment makes a difference in the students' education and promotes excellence in the care they will provide for our communities,” said Dr. June S. Turansky, campus director. “As medical technologies become more complex, clinical lab space is essential to adequately prepare nursing students to enter the hospital setting and provide care for patients,” added Jo Ann Baker, nursing department chairperson.

The Nursing Program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC).

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