HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown Community College will be able to accept roughly twice as many nursing students, thanks to a $1.03 million grant that state officials awarded the college earlier this month.
During a Monday on-campus ceremony, HCC President Guy Altieri said funding for the five-year grant will start July 1.
By accepting more students, the college can produce more graduates with nursing degrees to help address a nationwide shortage in that field, he said.
HCC reports that annual graduation rates in the nursing program will increase from about 40 to 97 people as a result of the grant.
Carolyn Albright, HCC director of nursing and health sciences, said additional nurses will continue to be in demand, in part, because people are living longer and need the care that nurses provide.