POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - Black River Technical College in Pocahontas received substantial funds from the USDA Rural Development Grant.
The grant was awarded to BRTC as part of the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium. Three other Arkansas colleges in the ARNEC consortium will benefit from the grant too.
The grant, totaling $919,139, will be used to purchase and implement additional simulation mannequins and equipment in the Registered Nursing program.
BRTC Vice President of Institutional Advancement Karen Liebhaber told Region 8 News that funding like this gives students hands-on experience that they might not get in a clinical setting.
"During the times that they're there, they often don't see a single birth. They don't see a lot of emergency situations that they'll have to deal with," Liebhaber said. "So in the simulation lab, they're able to recreate those and students can practice on those and make mistakes."
Liebhaber said two years ago; BRTC received a similar grant from the USDA. It aided in the purchase of some of their current mannequins.
With the new grant, they'll be able to buy an infant high-fidelity mannequin, among other equipment.
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