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Pittsfield: Neal earmarks $350K for BCC nursing program

U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, visited Berkshire Community College on Wednesday to announce a $350,000 earmark for upgrades to the nursing program’s simulation (SIM) equipment.

The allocation was made possible through Congressionally Directed Spending from the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Neal submitted funding for this project in the fiscal year 2022 spending bill that was signed into law earlier this year.

New equipment will include newborn, pediatric and adult models, patient monitors, wound care kits and accompanying software, an Electronic Medical Record program, an Omnicell Medication Dispenser, and crash carts — all designed to prepare nursing students for what they will experience in a clinical setting.

BCC offers an Associate Degree in Nursing program, a one-year Licensed Practical Nurse certificate program and collaborates with UMass to offer a bachelor of science degree in nursing. BCC also works with Berkshire Health Systems to offer a 90-hour Certified Nursing Assistant program several times annually.

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