PGCC Among Institutions to Partner with GW on Health Careers Initiative

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Article by: Tabresha B. Langham

For Immediate Release


PGCC Among Institutions to Partner with GW on Health Careers Initiative

LARGO, Md. (March 14, 2019) – Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) is proud to announce that it has been named a partner institution on the George Washington (GW) University School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP).

“Prince George's Community College is an important collaborator on the Health Careers Opportunity Program because of its proximity to underserved areas and track record of success in recruitment and retention of disadvantaged students," said Dr. Reamer L. Bushardt, PharmD, PA-C, DFAAPA, professor and senior associate dean for Health Sciences at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The program, which is funded by a Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Health Workforce grant totaling more than $3.1 million, offers scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to students who are interested in pursuing health careers.

The scholarship not only helps students who face educational and economic disadvantages in their pursuit of quality healthcare training and education, it also addresses health inequities related to accessibility, disparities in chronic illnesses, provider shortages, and the lack of diversity in the health professions.

Bushardt said, "Providing pathways for underrepresented and disadvantaged individuals to pursue coursework, training and degrees within healthcare fields is a key strategy to enhance diversity and grow the healthcare workforce to address significant regional and national workforce shortages and access gaps. Enhancing diversity among the healthcare workforce will favorably impact health inequities in our region."

Learn more about HCOP and eligibility requirements by visiting http://smhs.gwu.edu/hcop.

 

About Prince George’s Community College
Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (2015-2020), Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) provides high-quality education and training for the progressive and career-oriented residents of Prince George’s County. From new high school graduates and career seekers to more seasoned professionals and senior citizens looking to enhance their skillsets, PGCC is comprised of students who represent a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and goals. Serving nearly 40,000 individuals annually, the college is the first choice for higher education for residents of Prince George’s County. Collaborative partnerships, responsive degree and training programs, and a commitment to student success enable PGCC to address diverse education and workforce development demands. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu. Prince George’s Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (267-284-5000);
www.msche.org. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

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