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TVCC HSC gets $130K technology grant from state
Posted: 3/28/2014 8:24:13 AM
Funds will be used to purchase new simulation mannequin

The Trinity Valley Community College Health Science Center in Kaufman is getting an update to keep the pace in the fast-moving field of medical technology.
In March, the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Advisory Board announced TVCC is the recipient of $130,686 of an approximately $5 million grant. Funds from the grant are intended to help public junior colleges and technical institutes purchase training equipment. The JET Board, chaired by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, awarded grants to 18 applicants following a review process.
TVCC will use the grant funds to purchase a high-fidelity mannequin to be used at the HSC. Simulation based learning gives students an opportunity to make decisions in a safe, controlled, non-threatening environment.  The human simulator, commonly referred to as SimMan, improves the quality of the nursing program. 
The HSC is already equipped with a SimMan, but the JET Grant funds will be used to purchase a new advanced mannequin equipped with various updates and 3G wireless technology. This will expand hands-on experiences for the students.
“We use the SimMan to allow students to make independent patient care decisions in potentially high-risk situations,” said Helen Reid, provost of the TVCC Health Science Center. “This comes at a great time because we have a new simulation coordinator, Melodie Wong, who is doing an awesome job expanding the program we have.”
Reid said all associate degree nursing students at the HSC – 149 sophomores and 112 freshmen during the spring – rotate through at least two simulation scenarios per semester. Other health occupations programs will also benefit from the additional equipment.
During the last legislative session, lawmakers appropriated $10 million for equipment grants. The JET Grant program for equipment began in 2009, and approximately $16.7 million has previously been awarded.
“These grants will help students get hands-on training in a range of occupations that are vital to the state’s continuing prosperity,” Combs said. “We have diverse economic sectors that require technical skills for which our workforce needs to be trained. The grants approved today cover equipment in programs such as the oil and gas sector, manufacturing, healthcare and mechanics.”