Pine Tech Awarded $25,000

Monday, March 1st, 2010 at 11:12 am

PINE CITY, Minn., March 1, 2010- HealthForce Minnesota, a Center of Excellence focusing on healthcare innovation, has awarded Pine Technical College a $25,000 grant for 2010.

Pine Technical College’s nursing program has been awarded a new curricula and program grant to develop a Standardizing Orientation Process to decrease duplicative student orientation hours and increase the hours spent on mastering onsite nursing skills. The current system requires students to spend 28 hours, approximately one credit, in mandatory orientation sessions, receiving repetitive information.

Eight statewide grants, totaling $320,000, were awarded to programs that demonstrated an ability to improve healthcare practice, education and research, while fostering a strong connection between education and the healthcare industry. HealthForce Minnesota seeks new collaborative models that integrate health science education and practice, and have the potential for sustainability, and awards grants accordingly.

Grants for 2010 were awarded in the areas of new curricula or programs, diversity, K-12 vision for youth, and continuing education and custom training.

HealthForce Minnesota, in association with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, was created to increase the number and diversity of healthcare workers, as well as integrate health, science, education, practice and research.

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