UACCB awarded over $58,000 in grant funds

UACCB was awarded a little over $58,000 from the Arkansas Department of Education through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education program. According to the grant application, ADHE set aside $225,000 of the 2016-2017 Perkins Postsecondary Reserve Fund to be distributed through a competitive grant process for equipment purchases in programs of study designated as high skill, high wage or high demand.  The reserve funds were  awarded in addition to Perkins basic grant awards.
The application noted that funds would be awarded “for the purpose of increasing the number of programs that incorporate the use of simulation in the development of technical competencies that improve academic instruction. Equipment will provide students with hands-on experience in an environment designed to emulate real world occupational requirements.  This includes but is not limited to simulators, robotics, virtual reality and gaming.”
UACCB received the highest amount of reserve grant funds awarded. The funds will be used to purchase a Nurse Anne simulator along with a Prompt Flex birthing simulator. The Nurse Anne simulator was designed specifically for training undergraduate nursing students. The simulator package provides 10 medical and 10 surgical scenarios that focus on developing clinical and technical skills specific to nursing students. The birthing simulator provides a wide array of birthing scenarios including everything from a normal birth with no complications to varying stages of fetal distress.
“The purchase of the Nursing Anne simulator and Prompt Flex birthing simulator will allow the simulation lab at UACCB to be modernized and more effective and efficient in its use. We are currently using an original version SimMan that is nearing 20 years old. SimMan was originally purchased with Perkins grant funds and is one of the first, if not the first, simulation manikins purchased in the state using Perkins funds,” said Dr. Brian Shonk, vice chancellor for academics. “Although the original SimMan has served UACCB students well, the age of the unit and limitations on upgrading the technology within the unit do not fully meet the current needs of nursing and emergency medical services students. Adding these new simulators will provide students a broader and more comprehensive set of clinical experience scenarios.”