By W.C. Sanders, Dean of Health and Business

4.5 Million Dollars for Health Programs

SCC Health Division receives a 4.5 million dollar grant from the Department of Labor. After submitting a lengthy grant proposal written by Kelcey Woods-Nord, Nancy Genelin and W.C. Sanders a surprising phone call came from Congressman Tim Walz. President Stover received the phone call informing SCC of the grant prize, 4.5 million dollars to enhance and expand health programming at SCC to support workforce populations. Partnerships with the Minnesota Workforce Centers in the North Mankato and Faribault regions, Adult Basic Education, industry and other MnSCU institutions are all essential to the success of this grant. New or expanding program areas will include Certified Nursing Assistant, Health Unit Coordinator, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician and possibly Radiology Technician. The grant will focus on dislocated workers who are receiving services through the fast track education program offered by Adult Basic Education as part of a career pathway into one of SCC’s current and or new health programs. This grant will cover a three year period and is expected to help meet the needs of those retraining in a new career and the health force job shortages.

Nursing Announcements

The Nursing Program is pleased to announce the 2009 licensure pass rates for SCC:  100% for Practical Nursing (NLCEX-PN) and 88.24% for the Associate of Science Degree (NCLEX-RN).

The Nursing Program has received official notification from the Minnesota Board of Nursing that the new program application for the proposed four- semester Associate of Science degree is complete.   The new program application to the Minnesota Board of Nursing is the culmination of work by the nursing faculty, Marilyn Swan (DON), and Christina Hinz (Nursing Advisor).  Beth Stucly (curriculum), Cathy Sandmann and Louise Murray were the faculty leads on this project, with the entire nursing faculty participating in the process.  The next step in the Minnesota Board of Nursing new program application process involves the Board visiting each of our clinical sites used for student experiences.  This will be accomplished over 3 days and ending with a Board of Nursing site visit to both campuses on April 28, 2010.

The North Mankato Simulation Center Project is moving forward.  The demolition and renovation of the area is nearing completion.  The next phase involves installing the IT components required for simulation.  Project completion is expected in July.  This is an exciting project for SCC and the health division! A great big thank you goes out to Karen Snorek for her leadership in the financial aspects of this project and Wes Taylor for his continued commitment to the success of this project. Their expertise is necessary for the future of simulation on our campus.
Submitted by Marilyn Swan, Director of Nursing

High Step Health Career Day

On Wednesday, February 10th the EMS & Paramedic Program’s hosted over 100 high school students for the High Step Health Career Day.  The primary focuses at South Central College were the EMS & Paramedic programs, but additional discussion was held on the various health career programs that South Central College offers.  Upon arrival students were greeted and asked to participate in a scenario of a cardiac arrest patient.  Second-year paramedic students “responded” and treated the patient while the high school students participated in doing CPR.  Following the scenario demonstration students were given a brief overview of the EMS & Paramedic Program’s.  The session also included a tour of the paramedic lab and demonstrations of a simulation manikin & the “Disasterville” training tool.  The Career Day sessions ended with a tour of an ambulance. Great appreciation goes out to Eric Weller and his team who put this experience together for our K-12 partners.

Dental Assisting

The Dental Assisting students participated in Give Kids A Smile in February. This was done in conjunction with the MSU Dental Hygiene dept. The students offered dental exams, cleanings, X-rays, and sealants to children. There were  3 clinics offered and a total of 117 children were give free dental care. The students were active in all aspects of  treating the children and the reward was seen on the faces of the children, their parents and the students for offering such a valuable service.

March 3 the students were given a Pizza Party, by the faculty,  in honor of Dental Assistants Recognition Week. Special banners and buttons were shared by the Dental Education Dept. A good time was had by all and it was a great way to head into Spring Break.

Congratulations to our BPA and DEX students and advisors - See winners on page 5, 12 & 13