Louisiana Delta Community College announced the Board of Regents Endowed Professorships for faculty members: Vickie Anderson, Dr. Debra Jackson, Dr. Georgia Jones, Rock Frost, & Antonio Hearn. All applicants were required to write a letter of intent, submit a proposal, and include a budget.
Anderson submitted her thoughts for a preceptorship, a period of practical experience and training for a student, especially medicine or nursing, supervised by an expert or specialist in a particular field. Anderson will select the top three Level Three students for a paid summer intensive in which the students will be paired with a recent graduate working as a nurse. Hopefully, this approach encourages graduates to return to school for their master's education to teach future generations of nurses.
Dr. Jones' proposal outlined plans to encourage the startup of high school Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) programs in every city that houses an LDCC campus. "The idea is that students would start the program in high school, continue at LDCC and then move on to a university to complete a bachelor's in nursing," explains Jones. Jones implemented Monroe City's Carroll High School's CNA Medical Magnet Program's launch, so she's no stranger to this type of challenge.
Dr. Jackson decided to focus her efforts on STEM education: recruitment and retention. "One way to alleviate health disparities is to develop a strong STEM workforce. To that end, it's crucial to recruit and retain students in the STEM disciplines," shares Jackson. Her objectives are: to increase retention of LDCC students through community-based observations, provide a means of interprofessional education between students from LDCC, pharmacy and nursing students from ULM, and the area scientific community, and provide a means of recruitment of high school students through community outreach.
Frost chose to pursue certification that would allow him to train students to work on newer model air conditioners and test them for certification. "We'll also provide this training to companies for their existing employees," shares Frost. The training is eight hours long.
Dementia Care Instructor Certification was Hearn's focus. "LDCC will prepare students for the complexities of Dementia related care, which will save time, money, and training resources for potential employers," explains Hearn. Students will benefit from the certification by the exposure to treatment, care plan ideas for dementia patients, and understanding various situations most common to dementia care. "These skills can make a candidate more employable," says Hearn. Additionally, Hearn is seeking certification in a Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) Instructor Certification Program.
Says Hearn, "This training platform will create multiple benefits for our programs, faculty, and staff. This is training that can be offered throughout our region to our healthcare providers, Workforce Investment Board employees, and elementary and secondary education partners. With the funding of this endowment, LDCC will host an NCI training event. This training would allow students, faculty, and staff to be certified in crisis intervention. Students participating in LDCC's allied health, criminal justice, and early childcare programs would have the ability to benefit from this training as an additional certification. This training would enable LDCC students to be nonviolent crisis intervention certified before graduation and immediately prepared for their chosen pathways' rigors. LDCC staff and faculty would be eligible to learn to identify crisis and have tools to follow prescribed policies to resolve an incident. This certification would provide the necessary training to remain compliant with state regulations for LDCC's business, industry, and educational partners.
The projects outlined above are made possible by matching funds from the Board of Regents and Louisiana Delta Community College Foundation donors. If you'd like to invest in LDCC faculty, students and community, contact Missy Amy at 318-345-9365 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.