The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope, with the assistance of State Representative Brent Talley, has received a grant for over $21,000 through the Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development District General Improvement Fund.  The funds will be used to purchase a much needed cardiac monitor to be used in many of the college’s Allied Health programs as well as the EMT / Paramedic programs.  UACCH Paramedic Instructor, Mark Wilcox said, “This is a great addition of a much needed piece of equipment for our students.  The cardiac monitor that we had been using for training was outdated to the point that it didn’t even resemble today’s technology and what our students will be asked to use once employed.”

The UACCH Allied Health Program is focused on improving its technology used for classroom and laboratory instruction.  UACCH Chancellor Chris Thomason said, “Our Allied Health program continues to be a great program for students seeking an education with strong local and regional employment opportunities.  I am pleased with the advancements we have made in our nursing labs to prepare students for real world scenarios.  This grant, through the assistance of Representative Talley and the SWAPDD, has allowed us to not only purchase this monitor but also to partner it with another grant application to make more than $75,000 in improvements to our allied health program this year.”