Durham Technical Community College’s Orange County campus in Hillsborough has announced a $20,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
The funding will support an expansion of Durham Tech’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program, continue efforts to increase the number of students preparing for opportunities along the nursing career ladder and strengthen the college’s presence as a cornerstone of regional healthcare employment training. “With this grant, nursing education at Durham Tech will continue to meet growing community needs. Healthcare technology is rapidly advancing, particularly in medication management, and the award will bolster the program’s equipment inventory, allowing students and faculty to use state-of-the-art technologies,” said Dr. Ingram. “This is one of several grants the college has received from Bank of America, and we thank them wholeheartedly for their generosity and ongoing support.”
“If people can’t secure a stable job, they can’t begin to think about their overall financial security and future,” said Kari Stoltz, Triangle market president, Bank of America. “Our support of Durham Tech is creating a path to great opportunity and is one way our philanthropic investments are working to connect individuals in our community to the resources they need to lead financially stable lives.”
Nursing Assistant Program Director Pam Krakow adds, “The new equipment will provide our students with opportunities to gain hands-on career experience, such as with frequently used medication carts that securely store and manage pharmacy inventory and track medication dispensing, thereby reducing medication error. Students will also gain knowledge of sophisticated intravenous (IV) medication used by area hospitals.” The funding will equip the new Orange County campus lab with additional manikins, infusion pumps, medical dispensing equipment and supplies.
The new lab also will enable the college to eventually expand its Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) to Associate Degree in Nursing Transition program. Students in this program can work during the day while advancing their careers in the evening program in just two semesters. The college plans to purchase equipment, set up the lab for immediate use by the CNA program, and offer the Transition program at a later date.
Durham Tech has long-standing and well-developed working relationships with Duke University Medical Center and UNC Hospitals. Penny Gluck, Executive Dean for Orange County, reports that UNC Hospitals has donated hospital beds for the lab space and the college has received a letter from the UNC Hillsborough Hospital indicating their support of the nursing lab expansion and a commitment to employ skilled workers. The hospital is directly across the street from the community college; medical offices and clinics are open, and the emergency department, outpatient surgery, and inpatient services will be available later this summer.
“Durham Tech’s expansion of nursing education offerings will offer opportunities to enhance the skills of our local workforce, increase salaries and employment options, and serve the immediate and future demand for competent and well-trained healthcare professionals, as well as grow partnerships with area healthcare institutions,” Dr. Ingram said.