Goshen College receives $4 million federal grant for expanded nursing program

GOSHEN, Ind. (WNDU) – On Tuesday, Goshen College received a $4 million federal grant to renovate facilities for an expanded nursing program.

With the money, the college’s historic Westlawn Hall will be renovated to triple the size of the school’s nursing program facilities. The expanded program will also help increase enrollment.

The first floor will remain the college dining hall. Nursing facilities will include three inpatient simulation rooms and six examination rooms for use in high-fidelity simulation training, a large 10-bed skills lab, central teaching area, flexible classrooms , student lounges, study areas and offices.

“Goshen College is pleased and grateful for this investment from EDA, which will support the expansion of our highly regarded nursing program and address a critical shortage of skilled nursing labor in the region,” said the President Rebecca Stoltzfus in a press release. “The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of trained nurses and healthcare professionals in an emergency. As a regional workforce training provider for the health sector, we are well placed to help prepare the region’s workforce for future health emergencies, which will increase the resilience of the region in the face of future health-related crises.

Westlawn was built in 1951 as residential space, although the second and third floors have served as campus storage space for the past 25 years.

The expansion has an estimated price tag of $5.7 million.

The college plans to begin renovations in 2023.

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