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TMCC to Expand Nursing Program

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The nursing program at Truckee Meadows Community College got a $2 million boost Thursday, thanks to a donation from the Redfield Foundation.

TMCC is working to grow its programs that feed graduates directly into jobs, and administrators said right now the healthcare field has a real shortage of nurses. TMCC is expanding that school to try to fill the need in Nevada.

"All of our faculty will be here, all of the services will be here, and all of the students will be here," TMCC Nursing School Director Jody Covert said, "which will just benefit everybody."

With that extra $2 million, TMCC is a little closer to building a brand new 16,000 square foot Health Science Center. It will also help them renovate the existing High Tech Center at the Redfield campus in South Reno.

The Redfield Foundation directors said the campus hasn't been expanded in more than 10 years, so it's time they gave it a little attention. But the whole project has about a $10 million price tag, so they still have some fundraising to do.

"We think this is really a need," Redfield Foundation Director Jeane Jones said. "They need to expand this program. It's a wonderful addition to the Redfield campus and we are delighted. We just hope somebody else will help them too."

Covert said the school is also hoping to start a part-time nursing school program, to accommodate all the students who also have to work.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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