The Foundation for California Community Colleges maintains a $15 million investment fund to support nursing education in the California Community College system.
The $15 million fund will be used to provide grants to colleges and students. This year, grants from the endowment will be used to facilitate improvements to an automated clinical placement solution that is in use by nursing programs at many of the California Community Colleges.
In the past grants from the endowment were used to supplement the five-year, $90 million California Nurse Education Initiative commitment by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Foundation also awarded $2 million in grants from the Nursing Education Investment Fund to community colleges that completed the first year of their nursing expansion programs. Colleges used these funds for program start-up costs, faculty positions, student assistance and mentoring, or other long-term nursing program support. These first awards represent a significant step toward expanding the capacity of nursing education programs in our colleges.
The California Community Colleges graduate 4,500, or roughly 70 percent, of California’s registered nurses each year.