HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE

CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721

CONTACT: DEBBIE DAVIS

OR DIANA CONARD

PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 09-23-04

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HCC NURSING PROGRAM RECEIVES KATE B. REYNOLDS CHARITABLE TRUST

The Haywood Community College nursing program was recently awarded the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. The grant totaled $100,000 and will be used to support the growth and expansion of the nursing program.

"In this day and age where funding is short for education, it is important that we find additional funding sources other than just relying on state funds," Blake Rogers, Director of the Region A Nursing Consortium and Chair of Health Professions at HCC, explained.

According to H. Martin Lancaster in the March/April 2004 issue of NC Medical Journal, "The state provides funds neither to establish nor to expand existing programs. Colleges must depend upon the generosity of private funders, such as the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, for start-up money."

The program’s computer laboratory and the microbiology laboratory will be modernized and expanded with the funds. As a result of the grant, students will have better access to the equipment they need for understanding the causes of disease, disease prevention, and diagnostic testing and treatment. Most hospitals now rely totally on computerized charting.

"Our students need to have the kind of technology they will be using on the job," Rogers said. "We need to support a first-rate learning environment. With funds from this grant, each student will have an individual learning area equipped with space for microscope work, wet lab procedures, and storage cabinets for supplies. It will be a more productive environment for students, allowing them to practice techniques through simulation."

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust will provide for the purchase of new computers and software to replace old equipment and outdated software. The microbiology lab will be equipped with a new refrigerator for hazardous materials, as well as new equipment for biochemical, histological, and physiological analyses. A highly integrated system of audiovisual technologies, a Nomad Mobile Multimedia Station, will also be purchased.

The nursing shortage throughout the nation is expected to worsen in coming years. More nurses are needed for an aging population and to replace many practicing nursing who are nearing retirement. According to the February 2001 issue of Nursing Management, nursing remains the single largest professional group of health care providers in the US. Employment for registered nurses will grow faster than the average for all US occupations through 2008. HCC is committed to increasing the size of our training program in an effort to help satisfy these needs.

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust is named for the late Kate Gertrude Bitting Reynolds and was created in 1947 under her will. The Health Care Division of the trust emphasizes rural areas and supports well conceived studies that clearly define health care problems in North Carolina that will assist in the development of viable solutions to these problems.

For more information on the nursing program at HCC, please contact Student Services at 627-4500 or visit www.haywood.edu on the Internet.

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