Community Colleges: Federal Resources supporting Local Opportunities


Department of Health and Human Services



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Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has several programs to increase the number of nurses, including the Basic Nursing and Practice Grants, Nursing Workforce Diversity, and Minority Faculty Fellowships. In many cases, partnerships with baccalaureate institutions strengthen community college applications. (www.bhpr.hrsa.gov). Programs to assist students in health care fields include the Health Careers Opportunity Program, Nursing Student Loan Program, and Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students. The Allied Health Program awards grants to expand education, enrollment, and clinical training sites. The Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP) offers registered nurses substantial assistance in repaying educational loans in exchange for service in eligible facilities located in areas experiencing a shortage of nurses. (http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/nursing/loanrepay.htm). Also under HHS, the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Bridges to the Baccalaureate Degree program offers grants to partnerships that include two-year institutions. NIH additionally offers research and faculty development awards, several of which focus on minority institutions. (www.nigms.nih.gov)
Finally, HHS’s Administration for Children and Families and oversees the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program that was created by the Welfare Reform Law of 1996. TANF provides funding to states to assist in plans to move families from dependence on welfare or public assistance into financial independence. Along with an emphasis on work, provisions allow for upgrading of skills through education or job-training programs, many of which may be implemented through community colleges. (www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/)



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