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Matching grant to benefit allied health training

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Ozarks Technical Community College’s Allied Health Clinical Simulation Center stands to receive as much as $50,000 from a new matching grant announced this week by the school and Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
 
The 2,000-square-foot, multidisciplinary high-fidelity simulation lab is a training facility for students in 10 OTC programs and for emergency medical technicians who are already in the work force, according to a news release from the school.
 
CFO will match every dollar raised by the OTC Foundation, up to $25,000, through June 30. The funds will be used to buy equipment and software for the center, including interactive mannequins that through software can replicate such as shortness of breath, heart problems or drug overdose, the release said.
 
“Partnering with the Community Foundation on this challenge grant is an opportunity to enhance facilities and programs here at the college that benefit not just our students, but the entire community,” OTC Chancellor Hal Higdon said in the release. “The equipment that this grant will allow us to provide will be instrumental in ensuring that medical personnel and first responders in our community are thoroughly prepared for any situation.”
 
CFO initiated the challenge grant as part of the 2011–12 Metropolitan Springfield Grantmaking Program, which emphases addressing high-priority community needs or “red flags” identified in the Community Focus Report for Springfield and Greene County. Since 2005, the reports have identified local income and wage issues as red flags, and stalled job growth, regional unemployment and funding challenges for OTC have been cited as emerging community issues.
 
“The CFO is committed to applying our Metro Springfield Grantmaking Program to the most important needs of the community, and adequately trained health care workers ranks among the top issues,” CFO President Brian Fogle said in the release. “We think this challenge grant partnership with OTC Foundation will better position Springfield for economic recovery with skilled employees to meet our community’s work force needs.”[[In-content Ad]]

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