RICHLAND, WA - The WSU College of Nursing is getting another federal grant to continue a program that's already helped hundreds of students in eastern Washington.
A three year federal grant of more than a million dollars from the Health Resources Service Administration aims to diversify that student population. Back in 2010, WSU first got this same grant which set up the infrastructure for the program.
Over the last three years, about 250 students in the Tri-Cities, Yakima and Spokane received academic and mentoring help. 45 of them either earned their nursing degree or are still working towards it. This new grant will build on that.
"We've been at it for the last two months and we've already surpassed the 100 per year and so the need is out there and if we continue, we will serve more than we've been asked to which really goes to show there's a need here in the community," said Robert Garza of WSU Tri-Cities.
The new grant will allow the program to reach at least 300 more students, in all. It will also add two high schools, Chiawana in Pasco and Grandview High to the program that already includes Pasco High, Davis High School in Yakima as well as CBC, WSU, Yakima Valley Colleges and Heritage University in Toppenish.