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Montgomery College Secures $200,000 Grant for Health Science Scholarships Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States Seeks to Address Health Care Workforce Issues by Supporting Area Community Colleges
Montgomery College is one of five area community colleges to receive a $200,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States to provide scholarships to health science students. Montgomery College will use the grant to award approximately 250 scholarships, ranging from $500 to $1,200, to credit and noncredit health science students with financial needs during 2011.
“We are grateful for the generosity and vision of Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States,” said Dr. DeRionne Pollard, Montgomery College president. “The College will use the scholarship funds to support a broad range of health science students—from those interested in starting their careers to those reentering the workforce—who will help address the critical shortage of qualified health care professionals in Montgomery County’s hospitals and health facilities.”
Montgomery College offers nationally accredited curricula in health sciences at its Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. The health science programs include education in nursing, health information management, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology, diagnostic medical sonography, polysomnography (sleep technology), and surgical technology. For additional information, please visit: http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/edu/department.aspx?id=7890.
“Kaiser Permanente is committed to investing in the education of future generations of health care workers,” said Carrie Harris-Muller, chief administrative officer for Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. “Through our partnership with Montgomery College, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States is making a major contribution towards building, inspiring and supporting the health care workforce for years to come.”
Kaiser Permanente’s partnership with Montgomery College—one of the most diverse community colleges in the nation—will support the education of highly skilled nursing and allied health professionals who are equipped to provide high quality care to patients in a culturally and linguistically competent manner. In addition to Montgomery College, Kaiser Permanente has awarded four other $200,000 scholarship grants to Baltimore City Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, Prince George’s Community College and the Community College of the District of Columbia.
Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States selected these five community colleges because of their diverse student population. Current demographics for this region show that the health care sector has a more diverse patient base than ever before, and this demographic trend continues. Each institution will allocate scholarship funds to educate low-income nursing and allied health students. An estimated total of 550 community college students will benefit from the scholarships.