The Grants Department actively manages three competitively awarded grants totaling more than $5,000,000. In addition, FGC partners with other institutions of higher education to offer a wide array of programs designed to enrich the lives of our students and better prepare them for the 21st century workforce.
H1B – Florida Nurses Now – $3,903,957
Florida Gateway College received H1B Florida Nurses Now grant in the amount of $3,903,957 dollars from Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration. The period of performance is April 2, 2012 – April 1, 2016. The Florida Gateway College Florida Nurses Now grant will enable Florida’s practicing Registered Nurses (RNs) to secure a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) quickly, conveniently, and economically. It will increase the number of RN graduates in rural north central Florida (Florida’s largest Rural Area of Critical Economic Concern), increase the diversity of regional RN graduates, and improve the “real life,” hands-on skills of nurse trainees throughout the state. We will achieve these goals through implementation of a fully online RN-to-BSN program and through creation of a new Paramedic-to-RN degree track in north central Florida.
Florida Gateway College is collaborating with some of Florida’s top college nursing programs (Tallahassee Community College, Florida State College of Jacksonville, Pensacola State College, and University of Central Florida’s Florida Center for Nursing to design state-of-the-art simulation-based instructional strategies that will revolutionize nurse training at Florida Gateway College and be shared with nursing faculty throughout the State. Florida Gateway College has also partnered with employers such as Lake City Medical Center, North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Hospital, and Shands Lake Shore Regional Medical Center, as well as the Region 7 Workforce Board, Florida Crown.
TRiO Student Support Services Grant – $1,100,000
The $1.1 million TRiO Student Support Services grant assists Florida Gateway College in its educational efforts for first-generation, low-income, and disadvantaged students. This is the first SSS grant awarded to Florida Gateway. The awarding of the grant was announced at the August monthly meeting of the FGC District Board of Trustees.
“As we continue to focus on our students’ success – from their first day at FGC through graduation – this grant provides us with some wonderful support resources to help first generational college students succeed,” said Dr. Lawrence Barrett, president of Florida Gateway College.
Utilizing funding from this grant, FGC will launch its Pathways-to-Excellence program designed to assist students in making the successful transition to college life. The program will provide success coaches, mentors, and tutors to provide students with one-on-one assistance that is vital to accomplishing their goals. The grant also provides more than $30,000 per year in scholarship assistance to qualifying students to assist with their financial needs.