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September 16, 2011

Patient Simulators at Tarrant County College
Funded by JET Grant

(FORT WORTH) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs paid a visit to Tarrant County College today to present college officials a $276,494 state JET (Jobs and Education for Texans) grant to help students learn advanced nursing skills. The grant money, along with matching funds from the college, will help pay for high-tech patient simulators that will give students hands-on training with a new mother, a newborn, a 5 year-old child and two adult patient simulators.

“The Registered Nursing degree program at Tarrant County College is helping meet the growing need for health care workers in Texas,” Combs said. “Students not only learn the basics of caring for patients. Equally importantly, they achieve the technical skills that are in high demand by hospitals and other health care providers.”

“This equipment was used in a new nursing course about current nursing issues,” said De Ann Mitchell, interim director of TCCD’s nursing department. “One hundred fifty students perfected skills that will better prepare them to work in the emergency room and in general medical surgical situations.”

Texas faces a growing shortage of skilled workers to fill technical positions in engineering, science, precision production, mechanical, health care and other industries. In 2009, the Texas Legislature created the JET program to help meet this demand and ensure a strong future for Texas.

In the last two years, $10 million in grants to fund training equipment have been awarded to 39 college districts, three state colleges and two public technical colleges. Annually, an estimated 8,288 students will be served by JET-funded equipment.

To learn more about the JET program’s tuition assistance and equipment grants, visit http://everychanceeverytexan.org.

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