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Kaiser gives GPC health grant

Georgia Perimeter College has received a $130,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente for its Department of Nursing. The funds will be used for faculty and student recruitment and retention programs.

"Georgia is facing a shortage of healthcare workers, and Kaiser Permanente is committed to supporting our partners to increase the number of health professionals in our state," says Evonne Yancey, Kaiser Permanente Director of Community Benefit. "The Nursing School at Georgia Perimeter College is an invaluable partner in this effort."

Funds will be used to increase the number of nurse educators; address the salary disparity between nursing faculty and nurse clinicians; retain and support students with scholarships; recruit and retain faculty with student loan repayment in return for one year's service to Georgia Perimeter's Department of Nursing; and increase the availability of clinical sites for teaching.

"We are thrilled and grateful for the support shown by Kaiser Permanente," says GPC President Anthony S. Tricoli. "The grant shows that Kaiser recognizes the vital role GPC plays in helping to alleviate the shortage of healthcare professionals in Georgia."

Kathryn Smiley, a nursing student, says the Kaiser scholarship is the only way she could afford to complete her education.

"The financial assistance I received from the Kaiser Permanente Nursing Scholarship nearly covered half the cost of my tuition for one full semester," she said. "As a single parent, my budget is extremely tight. This scholarship literally allowed me to not have to choose between paying for school and having my electricity cut off. I am very appreciative and honored to have received the award."

Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves more than 23,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta, including Newton County. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.