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January 5, 2009
For Immediate Release
For additional information:

Ara Serjoie, Vice President of Development
Clark College Foundation

Phone: (360) 992-2428

E-mail: aserjoie@clark.edu

A “HEALTHY” BOOST FOR CLARK COLLEGE’S eLEARNING PROGRAM

A grant from Meyer Memorial Trust is the first step toward the electronic delivery of core healthcare classes to Clark students

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A grant from Meyer Memorial Trust will help to pave the way for the electronic delivery of core healthcare classes at Clark College. A $106,500 grant has been awarded to the college to purchase videoconferencing and production equipment to provide new learning options for students interested in healthcare careers. 

The Meyer Memorial Trust grant will fund one-third of the anticipated total for the project.  The next step is for the Clark College Foundation to raise additional funds to develop the curriculum and manage the program.   The program will be launched once all of the funding is in place, possibly during the 2009-2010 academic year.

 “We’re excited about the opportunities for our students,” said Blake Bowers, dean of health sciences. Bowers notes that the equipment would enable the college to create and modify curriculum quickly to keep up with changing needs and demands in the healthcare industry.

Each year, Clark College serves nearly 1,300 students who are taking preparatory courses such as basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, basic health informatics, and professional communication skills and ethics for health sciences plus 120 students in the pharmacy technician preparatory course. 

Expandintg access to courses through eLearning is expected to increase those numbers.  Some eLearning classes may include laboratory classes at the college.  The college will continue to offer traditional healthcare preparation classes at the college.

“Two of the college’s highest priorities are health science education and eLearning,” says Robert K. Knight, Clark College president. “This grant unites these priorities and will help us meet the demands of our students and our local healthcare industry.”

The Health Care Skills Panel convened by the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council reports that, by 2020, more than 1.2 million residents of Washington will be over 65 years old.  In the next decade, there will be more than 6,000 healthcare job openings annually in Washington. The increase in Clark County is projected to be significantly higher than the statewide average.

“Clark College plays a critical role in addressing the healthcare needs in our region,” said Lisa Gibert, foundation president and CEO. “This generous grant from Meyer Memorial Trust will help the college meet those needs.” 

About Meyer Memorial Trust

Meyer Memorial Trust was created by the late Fred G. Meyer, who built the chain of retail stores bearing his name throughout the Pacific Northwest. When Meyer died in 1978 at the age of 92, his will established the trust, which began operating in 1982. Meyer Memorial Trust is a private, independent foundation representing Meyer's personal philanthropy.  It makes grants to qualified tax-exempt applicants in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Meyer Memorial Trust is not connected with Fred Meyer Inc., the retail enterprise.

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