Two Request for Funds Approved
The Foundation approved two Request for Funds for the College this month:
- The Community Support & Involvement Committee has been awarded $2,500 to support Men against Domestic Violence, poetry readings, Empty Bowls and Student Cyber Music Series.
- Workforce and Community Education has been awarded $5,000 to provide funding for spring 2019 students who are unable to afford tuition, books or supplies for their coursework.
Support for the Nursing Program
At the November Foundation board meeting, Professor Joan Graham, Nursing, presented a detailed outcomes report on various initiatives the Foundation has funded for the nursing department over the course of the past few years.
The Nursing Department recently completed an accreditation site visit this September. The Foundation provided funding for a professional accreditor to review their portfolio to ensure a successful site visit. The accrediting body gave a resoundingly positive review.
The Foundation also funded a new classroom technology, iClickers. These clickers allow the faculty to pose questions to the students and gage the comprehension among the class. Faculty can then alter their lesson to address any learning gaps. This technology is particularly helpful for NCLEX review. The nursing program recently had a 100% NCLEX pass rate.
Nursing students are continuing a successful site visit program at St. Vincent DePaul in Norwich that originated through Foundation funding. This program allows nursing students to provide care in a community setting alongside residents, physicians and pharmacy students.
Finally, the success of the standardized patient simulation program funded by the Foundation continues. Paid actors create a mass casualty scenario through the direction of the nursing faculty that allows students a chance to experience a complex triage situation. A student must successfully navigate multiple components that can only be provided through this hands-on experience.