Warsaw Site awarded $22,000 K21 Health Foundation Grant

K21 grant
(l-r) Rich Haddad, president and CEO of K21 Health Foundation; Dr. Joe Frentzel, science faculty at Ivy Tech Warsaw; Holly Swoverland, grant coordinator at K21 Health Foundation

Ivy Tech Community College’s Warsaw Site recently learned it will be the recipient of a K21 Health Foundation grant to provide hands-on learning experiences for students in Healthcare Specialist and Medical Assisting programs.

The $22,000 in grant funds will be used to purchase lab equipment for anatomy and physiology courses which are fundamental to all health science programs. The equipment will help train students while simulating real-world experience in health care and will also improve the quality of healthcare services provided to Kosciusko County residents.

“We are fortunate to be the recipient of these grant funds in order to expand our offerings at Ivy Tech Warsaw,” says Warsaw Vice Chancellor Allyn Decker. “The new equipment will also allow us to provide workforce training in the vibrant local orthopedic industry.”

The proposed project is expected to improve educational outcomes for approximately 200 students enrolled in Ivy Tech Warsaw’s health science classes annually.

“One of the best ways to impact our local healthcare workforce is to invest in local healthcare education and training,” says Rich Haddad, K21 president and CEO. “We are pleased to partner with Ivy Tech Warsaw to enhance and improve their offerings in the area of health professional development.”

Graduates of the Medical Assisting and Healthcare Specialist programs are prepared to work in physician’s offices, clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes. The students may also choose to transfer Ivy Tech credits to a four-year institution upon graduation to complete a bachelor’s degree.

K21 Health Foundation is a private foundation that focuses on opportunities to improve health and wellness for the citizens of Kosciusko County. This focus has its roots from the origin of the assets of the foundation being from the non-profit hospital that was established in 1967.

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