Menendez, Lautenberg Announce More Than $3.3 Million For Nursing Training

Menendez, Lautenberg Announce More Than $3.3 Million For Nursing Training

Grants to Offer Educational and Job Training for Nursing Students in Union & Monmouth Counties

Washington - Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor will award two New Jersey colleges, Union County College and Brookdale Community College, more than $3.3 million in federal funds to provide educational and job training for students interested in careers in nursing.

New Jersey and other states are facing critical nursing shortages. Current statistics show the demand for registered nurses and medical lab technicians in New Jersey will far exceed the supply by 2014.

"It is a good investment for our region to train more and more nursing students and medical technicians to become qualified to provide the best medical care, especially when our communities are stretched thin for these vital professionals," said Menendez. "I congratulate Union County and Brookdale Community Colleges for being awarded these grants as they continue to develop our nurses who are at the forefront of caring for those who are sick or injured."

"Nurses are on the front lines of our health care system and are often the first to treat sick and injured patients. We need to do all we can to train and educate nurses to deal with emerging threats to public health and these grants are a big step in the right direction," Lautenberg said. "These funds will help Union County and Brookdale Community Colleges provide training for students to become nurses-and to better keep families healthy in New Jersey and nationwide."

Union County College will be awarded $1,919,713, primarily for its "Building a Pathway to Healthcare Careers" project to create career paths for nursing students and address workforce shortages. The program also includes support services such as tutoring, mentoring and career counseling to improve student retention. The funding will also allow an expansion of the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program by enrolling at least 150 high school seniors.

Brookdale Community College plans on using their grant of $1,384,379 to increase nursing capacity by creating an online nursing program through its "Caring for Our Community" project. The funding will also aid in the creation of the "One Plus One Medical Technology" program to ensure the enrollment of 100 new nursing students and give them the necessary lab space, equipment and professional oversight to meet the increased demand for medical lab technicians.

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