(Jefferson County) Jefferson College is among 11 higher education institutions across Missouri to receive a combined total of nearly $3 million in competitive grant funding in order to help enhance nursing education programs and develop solutions to help alleviate staffing shortages felt nationwide.
College spokesman Roger Barrentine says specifically Jefferson College will receive $275-thousand-900 dollars from the grant funding.
The goals of Jefferson College’s grant proposal are to increase the number of direct-entry students into the Bi-Level Nursing program, increase the percentage of students who work in under served areas, and reduce the number of qualified students who are turned away from a BLN cohort.
In addition to the grant funds, the Missouri State Board of Nursing has awarded more than $8 million through the annual Nursing Education Incentive Program (NEIP), designed to increase the physical and educational capacity of professional nursing programs throughout the state.
All combined, more than $11 million has been invested to improve infrastructure for Missouri nursing programs and promote innovation in nursing education.