Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Tony Wilder joined local leaders today to announce an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to support the recently expanded Lindsey Wilson College (LWC) Nursing Program.
“For students to realize their full potential, they need the best possible training and access to quality educational and technological resources,” said DLG Commissioner Wilder. “This ARC funding will provide LCW’s nursing students with the proper equipment and resources they need to learn and become valuable healthcare providers to Kentuckians, especially those in Appalachian counties. “
Over the past three years, more than 1,200 students have expressed an interest in pursuing a nursing degree at LWC. Through the recently instituted nursing program, the college strives to meet the educational needs of students who express interest in the critical field of nursing.
The $400,000 ARC grant will go toward the purchase of equipment and other resources to outfit classrooms and a lecture hall for the campus’ newly constructed nursing facility, the Dr. Robert and Carol Goodin Nursing & Counseling Center. Equipment and resources will include a Smart Board, LCD projector and screens, a document camera, computer lab equipment, furniture and casework.
"Our region has an acute shortage of nurses with four-year degrees, and Lindsey Wilson's baccalaureate nursing program is helping to meet that critical healthcare need in Southcentral Kentucky," said Lindsey Wilson President William T. Luckey Jr. "The response to Lindsey Wilson's nursing program has been overwhelming."
The LWC Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program has offered pre-nursing curriculum since fall 2009 and professional nursing courses since fall 2010. The first class of graduates will complete their program in May 2013. The program is projected to train 54 nurses within the first two years.
ARC partners with federal, state and local governments in effort to support sustainable community and economic growth throughout Appalachia by funding projects that improve healthcare, education, infrastructure, transportation, housing and business expansion.