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Financial Help Prescribed for COC Nurses

School receives $200K, part of $2.7 million in aid to nursing programs statewide.

Posted: February 19, 2008 6:11 p.m.
Updated: April 21, 2008 5:01 a.m.
College of the Canyons is due to receive $200,000 for its registered nurse training program, the fifth-highest amount received by statewide universities and community colleges under a $2.7 million aid package approved by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Eighteen schools around the state will share the aid provided by the Song-Brown program.

"These programs help nursing students by providing them more opportunities to pursue careers in nursing and help communities by directing more services to medically underserved areas across the state," said Schwarzenegger. "This is also a part of my long-term commitment to address California's nursing shortages by helping to expand nursing programs and improve the supply of qualified nurses in our state."

Schwarzenegger approved the funding, earmarked for registered nurse training programs at state universities and community colleges, in an attempt to increase the number of health-care workers statewide. Since he took office in 2003, the program has awarded approximately $29 million to health-profession schools and training programs throughout California.

Other schools receiving aid under this year's package include:
* California State University, Fresno ($364,947);
* Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health ($287,500);
* Riverside City College ($273,046);
* California State University, East Bay ($240,000);
* Merritt College ($200,000);
* Fresno City College ($200,000);
* Grossmont College ($125,000);
* California State University, Long Beach ($87,457);
* California State University, Channel Islands ($84,000);
* Azusa Pacific University ($84,000);
* Mount St. Mary's College ($84,000);
* National University ($84,000);
* Dominican University of California ($84,000);
* American University of Health Sciences ($84,000); Copper Mountain College ($80,000);
* College of the Siskiyous ($80,000);
* Victor Valley Community College ($80,000).

The Song-Brown program is administered by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. It was established to increase the number of family practice physicians, physician assistants and registered nurses being trained in the state to provide medical services to Californians.


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