HCC Collaborating with Towson University and University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health to Increase Nursing Numbers

Harford Community College is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Nurse Support Program II Grant from the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) and the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). The total five-year grant award is $2,100,663 for the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2025.

The NSP II grant will help the College sustain its capacity to admit 152 students annually by supporting the enrollment and academic success of 24 additional students, as well as continuing to increase the number of associate to bachelor’s (ATB) degree completers. The grant will support the goal of increasing the enrollment of HCC students in a BSN program by at least 15 percent. The funded project, “Meeting Nursing Workforce Needs: A Collaborative Approach,” will increase collaboration with University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH) and Towson University (TU) to support HCC alumni and other UM UCH employees with enrollment in and completion of the nursing program at Towson University Northeastern Maryland (TUNE). The grant will help increase the number and credentials of registered nurses who are committed to work in Maryland hospitals.

Dr. Jacqueline Jackson, Interim President of Harford Community College, said, “HCC’s Nursing program has always been a point of pride for the College—and, with this grant money, the program can expand its reach even further. As we see an increased demand for healthcare professionals in the wake of the pandemic, our Nursing program will be well-equipped to train even more students to meet that need and serve the people of our community.”

According to the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Secretary Dr. James D. Fielder, $29.3 million was awarded for 29 Competitive Institutional Grant proposals at 14 Maryland nursing programs by MHEC’s Nurse Support Program II (NSP II). The recipients are Allegany College of Maryland, Carroll Community College, Cecil College, Coppin State University, Frostburg State University, Harford Community College, Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery College, Morgan State University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Prince George’s Community College, Salisbury University, Stevenson University, and University of Maryland.

“In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, these grants are critical to our healthcare professionals as they navigate new and unexpected demands on our workforce,” Governor Larry Hogan said. “We need to offer as many opportunities as possible to ensure success on the front lines by providing the funding necessary to promote new and creative options for our nursing professionals.”

The NSP II focuses on nurse faculty and increasing the educational capacity to prepare a strong nursing workforce for Maryland's hospitals and health systems. Over the years the Nurse Support Program, both NSP I and NSP II, has been expanded to encourage new and innovative approaches to address the challenges and demands facing the nursing workforce. The Nurse Support Program is funded by HSCRC and administered by MHEC.

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