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Med Tech program receives grant; jumps from six students to 14

January 22, 2003

A program that was in danger of being phased out has been reinforced with a $64,000 grant from the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA).

The Medical Technology Program, part of APSUs department of biology, received the grant from the THA's Center for Workforce Development. The grant will aid with recruitment, supplies and the hiring of another faculty member.

Dr. Mary Mayo [program director] and I worked very hard and long to get more funding for medical technology, says Dr. Keith Belcher, chair and associate professor of biology.
January 22, 2003

A program that was in danger of being phased out has been reinforced with a $64,000 grant from the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA).

The Medical Technology Program, part of APSU's department of biology, received the grant from the THA's Center for Workforce Development. The grant will aid with recruitment, supplies and the hiring of another faculty member.

“Dr. Mary Mayo [program director] and I worked very hard and long to get more funding for medical technology,” says Dr. Keith Belcher, chair and associate professor of biology.

“We strongly recruited and promoted, even changing the structure of the program to make it more streamlined.”

The program, which started off with six students in 2002, will graduate 14 students this May and expects to have 20 graduates in the class of 2004.

One of the reasons the program was chosen for funding is that the Center for Workforce Development is committed to boosting Allied Help Science Programs. These programs focus on radiological technology and medical technologyareas seeing significant personnel shortages at a time when such skills are most critical.

“These are the jobs of the future,” says Belcher. “They are going to be in the greatest demand and have the greatest shortages in the workforce. By helping us with funding, we generate more students for that future workforce.”

For further information about APSU's Medical Technology Program, telephone the department of biology at 7781.