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March 3, 2023

Albertus receives $1M to help address nursing shortage

PHOTO | CONTRIBUTED Albertus Magnus College

Albertus Magnus College will receive more than $1 million in state and private grants to help ensure its graduates are career-ready, especially students pursuing degrees in nursing and social work.  

Albertus will receive $805,000 over three years from CT Health Horizons which the state of Connecticut launched last year in response to a critical statewide shortage of nursing and social work professionals.

CT Health Horizons is working in partnership with 30+ public and private colleges across Connecticut. It is a three-year, $35 million initiative, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.

Albertus will use the funds to jumpstart its planned nursing major in the 2024-2025 academic year. The CT Health Horizons grant would also provide funding for nursing faculty salaries, benefits and their continuing education.

Albertus will also receive a $248,000 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation. The fund was established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Stanton Davis retired as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets Inc. The funds will enable the creation of five new sequences of courses, called pathways, as components of the college’s new General Education Program. 

Mary Young, Albertus’ vice president for advancement, was grateful for both funding awards.

“Together, these grants will help us positively influence the state’s nursing workforce shortage as well as fill the employment void in so many fields that require the well-roundedness of a liberal arts degree,” Young said.

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