American International College Awarded Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration

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One time $347,000 Grant will support the College’s Nursing Education Achievement Program

“It is an honor for American International College to be awarded this grant which recognizes AIC’s dedication and success in diversifying our community’s nursing workforce,” says Dean of Health Sciences Cesarina Thompson, PhD, RN, ANEF.

American International College (AIC) has received a one-time $347,000 Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant from the Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) in support of the College’s Nursing Education Achievement Program (NEAP).

HRSA is the primary federal agency for improving access to health care for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. HRSA programs span across America, providing direct health care to twenty-three million people, particularly those who live in underserved inner-cities and rural communities. In addition, HRSA provides scholarships and programs to encourage greater minority participation in the health care professions.

In partnership with Baystate Medical Center, the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, and the Western Massachusetts Black Nurses Association, NEAP will provide professional nurses to mentor participating students along with implementing multiple evidence-based supports that will strengthen the ability of economically and educationally disadvantaged students to pass their courses, graduate and move into the workforce.

“It is an honor for American International College and the Division of Nursing to be awarded this grant which recognizes AIC’s dedication and success in diversifying our community’s nursing workforce,” says Dean of Health Sciences Cesarina Thompson, PhD, RN, ANEF.

AIC is a private, master’s level educational institution, committed to cultural diversity and to assisting students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Located in the heart of the city, the College embodies a community spirit, continuing its long history of outreach to the nontraditional student. AIC welcomes many students who may be underprepared for the rigors of college, but who possess the intellectual aptitude to succeed.

More information about American International College and programs and services available to strengthen skills and make success achievable can be found online at http://www.aic.edu.

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Founded in 1885, American International College (AIC) is a private, co-educational, master’s institution located in Springfield, Massachusetts. AIC is an interfaith, interracial, and international educational institution with the School of Business, Arts & Sciences, the School of Health Sciences, and the School of Education. AIC supports and advances education, diversity, and opportunity for its students and the community.

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