Students in Piedmont Community College’s (PCC) healthcare programs will benefit from a Cannon Foundation grant, recently received by the College in the amount of $109,000.
The funds will purchase healthcare equipment for the following curriculum and continuing education programs: Nurse Aide, Associate Degree Nursing (ADN), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Phlebotomy, Cardiovascular Technician, and Fire and Rescue Training.
Although these programs have different roles and responsibilities, the primary goal is to provide help for people in need. In fact, each program teaches a valuable skillset and in-class practice that can give students confidence in their training prior to clinical encounters.
“Funds from this grant will make a tremendous impact on PCC’s Healthcare offerings,” commented Alisa Montgomery, Dean, Health Sciences and Human Services. “The updated equipment presents the opening for current and future students to accurately simulate a medical environment while in the classroom or lab.”
In addition, installing new equipment in the Nurse Aide, EMT, and other healthcare classrooms at PCC will provide students with more opportunities to work in a variety of healthcare-related scenarios. More experiences learned in a classroom setting provide a better-equipped and more confident student as they prepare to transfer to a four-year institution or enter the workforce.
This grant will fund equipment such as hospital beds for a new ADN practice lab, as well as the current nurse aide/nursing and simulation labs; headwalls to assist with simulations, mannequins, Hemorrhage training kits, and other equipment that will offer hands-on training vital to student success.
“We are very grateful to the Cannon Foundation for funding these items. Having the latest technology coupled with hands-on learning experiences provides the best training opportunities for our students and for providing the community with an outstanding and capable workforce,” shared Dr. Doris Carver, Vice President of Continuing Education.
Photo: PCC students experience hands-on learning in the various healthcare programs.