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Donation Intended to Increase Nursing Program Enrollment

Stewart’s Shops, a New York-based convenience store chain, has donated $25,000 to the Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) Foundation, reported the CSP Daily News. The money will go toward efforts to increase the number of individuals who are enrolled in the institution’s nursing degree program.

According to the news source, HVCC currently graduates around 60 registered nurses each year. Through the donation, the institution will be able to boost student enrollment by 32 students over each of the next 10 years.

Susan Dake, president of the Stewart’s Foundation, told the news source that her organization is committed to giving back to all of their shops’ communities.

"Educating and enlarging the nurse force certainly makes for a healthier community," Dake said. "We are happy to help Hudson Valley in this mission."

Graduates of HVCC nursing programs may go on to work in hospitals and extended-care facilities, among other health-related settings.

Ray Kimmelblatt, chief development officer of the HVCC Foundation, explained that the contribution that was made by Stewart’s is critical in expanding the number of well-trained graduates.

As the country’s baby boomer population continues to age, the need for more nursing professionals is expected to increase, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Attempts to expand the number of students enrolled in healthcare programs may help lessen the national shortage.

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