SLCC, Intermountain Healthcare Partner on Diversity Scholarships for Nursing

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Scholarship funds to help diverse students at SLCC become nurses to meet the growing need for non-English speaking nurses in the Salt Lake Valley.

Healthcare and nursing leaders recognize the connection between a diverse nursing workforce and the ability to provide high quality care to meet a variety of patient needs in our communities.

Intermountain Healthcare recently donated $100,000 to Salt Lake Community College in support of a scholarship program that will benefit diversity in nursing.

“We are excited to support the Salt Lake Community College nursing program in this important work that will benefit the nursing students and also the many patients they will serve throughout their careers,” said Mikelle Moore, vice president of Intermountain Community Benefit. “Healthcare and nursing leaders recognize the connection between a diverse nursing workforce and the ability to provide high quality care to meet a variety of patient needs in our communities. Our priority is to improve health in all communities we serve.”

The donation through IHC Health Services, Inc. represents a partnership between SLCC’s nursing program and Intermountain Healthcare’s Human Resources and Nursing departments. The goal is to help diverse students become nurses in order to assist with the growing need for non-English speaking nurses in the Salt Lake Valley.

“In terms of diversity, we’re always looking at ways to support diversity because we have so many different populations in Utah now,” said JoAnne Wright, SLCC dean of the School of Health Sciences. “We want to make sure that our nursing program reflects that changing population. It’s a very generous gift, and I think it’s a really valuable partnership.”

Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 60,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.

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