Williamsburg Community Health Foundation Grant Allows Thomas Nelson to Expand Healthcare Programs at Historic Triangle Campus

Published: November 7, 2006

The Thomas Nelson Community College Educational Foundation, Inc. received two grant awards totaling $170,563 from the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation to fund four projects to enhance the quality of life and health for citizens living in Greater Williamsburg.  “Thomas Nelson Community College is committed to expanding its allied health programs in the Historic Triangle. Collaborative relationships such as this one are key to ensuring that citizens of the Greater Williamsburg community and our region have highly qualified health care providers in their community,” said Thomas Nelson Community College president Dr. Charles A. Taylor. “This grant award reaffirms the commitment of the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation to improving the quality of life for the citizens of Greater Williamsburg. Thomas Nelson Community College will continue its commitment to delivering quality academic programs to the community. We value the trust this organization has placed in our programs.”

This is the second year that Thomas Nelson has received a grant from the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation. Last year, a $151,000 grant from the Foundation facilitated the addition of an Accelerated Evening/Weekend Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Registered Nurse (RN) Articulation Program an RN Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program, laboratory equipment, and also funded Nursing scholarships for students. This year, the following initiatives have been funded:

  • Spanish Language Skills for Emergency Health Care Providers ($56,396) – This is a new project to give first-responders instruction in cultural and Spanish language skills, essential to communicating quickly and effectively with Spanish-speaking patients in an emergency medical crisis.  Between a patient’s first presentation and the arrival of someone trained to translate, critical information about wounds, self-treatment, allergies, pain, medical history and contact information can be obtained and correct care can be provided.
  • Start-up of Phlebotomy Career Studies Certificate Program in Williamsburg ($23,683) – This certificate program is funded to address the increased need for trained phlebotomists in the health care community. The program is designed to prepare a laboratory practitioner in venipuncture, micro-collection techniques and to sit for licensure examination to enter the workforce. This career studies certificate includes over 120 hours of supervised, clinical phlebotomy experience in various health care settings.
  • Continuation Funding for TNCC Historic Triangle Nursing Faculty Position ($74,484) -  As a direct result of last year’s grant from the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation, Thomas Nelson initiated nursing training at the Historic Triangle campus with 10 students in nursing and another 10 in an LPN to RN bridge program.  Continuation funding of the professional nursing faculty member brought on board as a result of last year’s grant will provide continuity for the students and will allow the college to leverage its resources to benefit the Nursing Program in the new budget year.
  • Continuation Funding for Nursing Student Scholarships ($16,000) -The scholarships will help students pay for tuition, fees, books, and expenses related to obtaining a Nursing education. WCHF has increased the average award amount for students enrolled in the Nursing program at Thomas Nelson Community College from $588 per recipient to $800 based on individual student need.

For additional information on these new initiatives, please contact the Office of Public Relations and Marketing at Thomas Nelson Community College at 825-2725.

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