Co-Lin receives $40K women’s health care grant

Published 12:00 pm Sunday, July 24, 2022

Copiah-Lincoln Community College has received a $40,000 Bower Scholars Health Care Grant. The funds will be used for a new initiative to help support Co-Lin students — the Helping Healthcare Wolves to Workforce Success Program.

The goal of the program is to help increase access to quality healthcare in the community by training and graduating nursing and auxiliary medical program students while alleviating financial barriers.

“When faculty, directors, and counselors speak with students about challenges for completing a degree/credential, many times the underlying issue is financial,” said Co-Lin Dean of Academic Instruction Dr. Stephanie Duguid.

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Grant funding will potentially assist nursing and auxiliary medical program students on all three campuses including Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technology, EMT/Paramedic, Medical Radiologic Technology, and Respiratory Care Technology. The target population for assistance is nursing and related auxiliary medical programs with a focus on women, but men can apply as well.

Using an application process, Co-Lin will make sure each student has a valid financial need, provides supporting documentation, and shares how the funds will positively impact them. The student must be in good standing with the college to receive financial support. The program will begin with the Fall 2022 semester. Students will be able to apply for financial assistance such as stipends for program fees, books/supplies, uniforms, exam vouchers, and in some cases childcare, transportation, gas and utilities.

“We feel this opportunity will support many students toward reaching their goals but do know that there will be a limit on monetary resources available,” said Duguid. “Through planning and financial literacy guidance, the long-term goal is to encourage and prepare students for independence and success.”