Barton College Receives $3.7 Million for Healthcare Teaching and Workforce Development from State Lawmakers

Barton College Grabs $3.7 Million Grant for Health Sciences

On March 22, North Carolina Senator Buck Newton and North Carolina Representative Ken Fontenot visited Barton College to mark the development of the School of Health Sciences on campus. During their visit, a ceremonial check presentation of $3.7 million was made to College leadership, Board of Trustee members, faculty, and students.

Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, president of Barton College, expressed gratitude for the partnership with state legislators and highlighted the importance of advancing healthcare teaching and workforce development in Wilson and Eastern North Carolina. The College is excited about the support of community partners as they work towards implementing new healthcare programs.

The funding secured by state lawmakers will primarily go towards an innovative health science facility at Barton College, featuring a simulation hospital and teaching facility. This initiative is a direct response to the increasing demand for healthcare and mental health professionals and resources in the community.

Eastern North Carolina is experiencing shortages in nurses, nurse educators, and primary care providers. Concurrently, the need for access to healthcare, mental health, and substance misuse professionals is on the rise. Barton College, as the only baccalaureate-master’s level institution offering healthcare degrees in Wilson County, is well-positioned to address these challenges and help prepare more students to enter the healthcare workforce.

Barton College has been working towards developing a School of Health Sciences for some time now. With funding from state legislators secured through Senator Buck Newton and Representative Ken Fontenot’s efforts

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