SCC Receives Federal Grant for Health Sciences Simulation Equipment


West Burlington, IA- Southeastern Community College (SCC) was awarded a grant in the amount of $578,349 by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant comes from the Federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grants program. SCC’s award is part of a $15 million grant that was awarded to a group of Iowa community colleges. It is the largest grant Iowa has received from the Department of Labor.

SCC will use the grant funds to invest in training equipment for its health sciences programs. The college will purchase ultra-realistic patient simulation manikins and beds. It will also hire a full-time project director and a full-time simulation coordinator to maintain and operate the equipment and to help fully integrate use of the manikins into the programs’ curricula.

Timing of this award is ideal. SCC plans to break ground on its new Health Professions Center on the West Burlington campus this spring. The new facility will contain training labs for all the new simulation equipment for use by health career programs.  The center is the first phase of SCC’s “Building the Dream” comprehensive infrastructure expansion initiative.

SCC Nursing Program Coordinator, Kristi Schroeder, says the new training equipment will help instructors enhance student learning. “Now we’ll be able to provide even more learning opportunities for our students. The manikins will give our students additional opportunities to practice their skills.”

TAACCCT-supported programs are designed to connect students and displaced workers with employment opportunities in targeted fields. It also provides workers an opportunity to receive specialized training and nationally-recognized certifications.

Schroeder adds that SCC’s healthcare programs continue to be some of the most popular choices for students. Grads from SCC’s Emergency Medical Technician, Medical Assistant, Medical Coding & Billing, Nursing, Respiratory Care, and Certified Nurse Assistant programs are always in high demand.

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