EDA award BSC Health Sciences with $830,000 grant

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration awarded an $830,000 grant to the new Bismarck State College Health Sciences Department.

The grant money will go toward high-tech equipment for the department so students are best prepared to join the medical workforce.

This is the first time the EDA has awarded a grant to a North Dakota organization since 2011. The EDA gave BSC $830,000 and tasked the college to come up with half that amount to complete the project.

"This grant is going to allow our health sciences programs to expand. Allow those little communities in the coal area especially to home grow their own health care workers," said Mari Volk, BSC Health Sciences Department chair.

The grant money will be used for interactive video systems to teach students living across the state to participate in courses, specialized instruments for lab exercises, audio/visual equipment for simulation and observation rooms, and more.