College & Community Relations
Aims\' med-prep program gets $325,000 boost from The Colorado TrustSubmitted on: 05-10-2005
A $325,000 grant from The Colorado Trust will help Aims Community College open doors to professional opportunities in healthcare for students in Fort Lupton and Greeley. “The funds will be dedicated to supporting and growing the Alcanzar program in Fort Lupton and duplicating it in Greeley,” said Aims Foundation Executive Director Susan Kirkpatrick. Alcanzar means “to reach” in Spanish, and is a pilot program at Aims that focuses on offering Hispanics, at-risk youth and people with disadvantaged backgrounds an introduction to professional opportunities in healthcare. “The field is very open at the entry-level,” Kirkpatrick said. “Alcanzar students will be able to move up based on their education, interest and abilities.” As early as this fall, Alcanzar at Aims’ Fort Lupton Campus will grow to include 20 students, and a similar program will be launched at the Greeley campus with another 20 seats. “Alcanzar represents a meaningful career ladder opportunity,” Kirkpatrick said. “In healthcare you can enter the field with basic skills and move up through the field in a variety of careers.” Opportunities presented to Alcanzar students include everything from nursing and surgical tech specialists to working on the business side of the industry. “There is a need in Northern Colorado for additional healthcare workers,” she said. “Aims has been quick to form programs that meet those needs.” Aims was selected, along with 21 other recipients in the state, to share in The Trust’s three-year Health Professions Initiative, a $9.4 million project dedicated to helping institutions across the state address the severe, statewide shortage of healthcare professionals. For more information about the Colorado Trust’s Health Professions Initiative, visit www.coloradotrust.org.
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