Queensborough Community College Receives Major Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant

Queensborough Community College’s Nursing program has been awarded a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant.  The three-year grant–totaling more than $700,000–will provide a pipeline of resources and motivation for at-risk middle and high school students so they may succeed in college.

Regina Cardaci, Professor in the Nursing Department and Project Director of the grant, said, “Our goal will be to increase nursing education opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities.”

Professor Cardaci, along with her team of faculty and staff, will identify high school students in Project PRIZE housed on campus, who will benefit most from the services offered through the grant. These students will be paired with Queensborough student mentors in the Health Related Sciences Academy. Project PRIZE, a Liberty Partnerships Program funded by the New York State Education Department, provides middle and high school students with a wide variety of activities and personalized academic guidance. At Queensborough, 95% of Project PRIZE students move on to a four-year college or university.

Beginning in the fall of 2013, approximately 50 high school students will come to Queensborough on Saturdays as well as during the summer. These students will also receive services, such as mentoring and tutoring after school twice weekly at their own schools. Qualified students receive stipends, iPads and tutoring for the NLN Pre-admission exam (PAX) to enter the Nursing program.

“This prestigious grant has the potential to increase the diversity of caregivers in Queens and ultimately to enrich the lives of our students in the Nursing program and in the community,” said Anne Marie Menendez, MS APRN CNE Chair of the Nursing Department.

Established in 1967, Queensborough’s acclaimed Nursing program is a major educator of registered nurses in Queens. The Nursing program is renowned for its diversity, diligence in keeping pace with technology, addressing the needs of veterans and offering dual/joint programs with CUNY’s Hunter College and York College.