Tri-C wins award for equity in nursing education

Cuyahoga Community College’s nursing program is being honored with an award from the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the Siemens Foundation.

The program is the recipient of the Excellence and Equity in Community College STEM Award. The award recognizes “outstanding preparation and training for high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, energy, health care or information technology,” as well as intentional support of underrepresented populations in those STEM fields, a news release stated. Eight programs across the country are receiving the award.

“Serving those who are underresourced and underrepresented in higher education stands as a priority for Cuyahoga Community College and its Nursing Center of Excellence,” Tri-C president Alex Johnson said in the release. “We strive to remove barriers and open opportunities, creating pathways to higher-income jobs and a stable future for those who need it most.”

As part of the award, Tri-C will receive $50,000. Half of that will go toward program development. The rest will go toward student scholarships. The seven students receiving those scholarships, who were selected by Tri-C in partnership with the Aspen Institute, will be known as Siemens Technical Scholars. Each is receiving a $3,500 to $4,000 scholarship that can go toward continuing education or student loan debt, the release stated.

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