MATC to expand nursing program with new grant

Milwaukee Area Technical College plans to expand its registered nursing program with help from a $2.3 million grant from the United Health Foundation, the two announced Thursday morning.

The three-year grant will allow the school to double enrollment beginning Fall 2017 and double the size of the program over the next three years, increasing capacity by 100 students.

The funding will help MATC hire 16 new nursing program instructors, support recruitment of low-income students and assist with placement services.

“That really is going to help us deliver quality education,” said Vicki Martin, MATC president.

MATC is working with Aurora Health Care, Ascension Heath, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital, the Medical College of Wisconsin and long-term care facilities to add 36 additional clinical training sites, she said. Those additional clinic sites and faculty hires will help maintain the program beyond the grant cycle.

MATC also plans to hire additional tutors, teaching assistants and an associate dean. MATC is the only college in the area to offer a two-year program, and they’re working with UW-Milwaukee to look at models that will help students receive a four-year degree.

The expansion will help address the state’s nursing shortage and increase diversity in the nursing workforce, according to Martin.

She noted that 32 percent of program graduates are students of color and 14 percent are male. More than 90 percent of nurses in the state are white and female.

“It just shows that I think we’re really going to help add to the diverse and inclusive workforce of the future,” she said.

Dan Limbago, United Health Foundation vice president of grants and programs, said the grant process was competitive. What attracted them to MATC was its diversity and relationships with local providers and UW-Milwaukee.

“The thing that really stood out to us here is that we know there’s a nursing shortage and a general provider shortage in Milwaukee,” he said. “This grant partner is going to help us address that.”

Original Source: WI Health News