Ivy Tech Community College’s Warsaw site recently learned it will be the recipient of a K21 Health Foundation grant to provide hands-on learning experiences for students in health care specialist and medical assisting programs.

The $22,000 in grant funds will be used to purchase lab equipment for anatomy and physiology courses, which are fundamental to all health science programs, according to a news release from Ivy Tech. The equipment will help train students while simulating real-world experience in health care and will also improve the quality of health care services provided to Kosciusko County residents.

“We are fortunate to be the recipient of these grant funds in order to expand our offerings at Ivy Tech Warsaw,” said Warsaw Vice Chancellor Allyn Decker. “The new equipment will also allow us to provide workforce training in the vibrant local orthopedic industry.”

The proposed project is expected to improve educational outcomes for approximately 200 students enrolled in Ivy Tech Warsaw’s health science classes annually.

“One of the best ways to impact our local health care workforce is to invest in local health care education and training,” said Rich Haddad, K21 president and CEO. “We are pleased to partner with Ivy Tech Warsaw to enhance and improve their offerings in the area of health professional development.”

Graduates of the medical assisting and health care specialist programs are prepared to work in physician’s offices, clinics, hospitals and nursing homes. The students also may choose to transfer Ivy Tech credits to a four-year institution upon graduation to complete a bachelor’s degree.

K21 Health Foundation is a private foundation that focuses on opportunities to improve health and wellness for the citizens of Kosciusko County. This focus has its roots from the origin of the assets of the foundation being from the non-profit hospital that was established in 1967.

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.