Sandburg Nursing program receives state grant to increase number of registered professionals 

Carl Sandburg College recently was awarded a grant from the Illinois Board of Higher Education that will support students in the college’s associate degree nursing program.

Sandburg was one of 12 schools in Illinois that received a total of $1.4 million in grant funding from the IBHE for the current fiscal year.

The grants are designed to increase the number of registered professional nurses with high-quality credentials to meet the demands of the workforce.

Sandburg’s award will go toward purchasing audio/video equipment and software for its simulation lab as well as assisting students with end-of-program expenses such as fingerprinting and board exams.

The college will also use funds to continue its focus on retention of minority and nontraditional students in the nursing program.

Dr. Emily Schaeffer, dean of health professions says “Our simulation lab gives Sandburg students the opportunity to experience situations they’ll encounter in health care environments.
Also, helping cover the cost of fees that students must pay to obtain their state licensure will lessen the financial and mental stress our graduates carry as they prepare to enter the workforce.”