John Carey, chancellor of higher education in Ohio, visited Hillsboro on Monday to discuss grants and opportunities for better using technology in the medical profession.
During a morning tour of The Laurels of Hillsboro, Carey met with Laurels staff and other officials to discuss how the facility’s partnership with Southern State Community College has helped both entities.
Jo Sanborn, administrator at The Laurels, said later that Carey toured the nursing home because The Laurels had provided a recommendation for SSCC to obtain a recent grant. The Laurels hires many SSCC nursing grads, and Carey “wanted to see our building and see what we do,” said Sanborn.
She said Carey discussed telemedicine and the possibility of pursuing a grant for that technology, which would allow medical professionals to do more off-site monitoring of patient conditions and records.
Also discussed was the fact that many SSCC nursing grads come from other counties and then return home to work. Carey discussed working more with Jobs and Family Services to recruit more local students who will remain in Highland County.
Later in the day, Carey was scheduled to participate in a roundtable discussion at SSCC with RAPIDS Grant partners to talk about funding awarded to the region.
A consortium formed by Southern State Community College, Shawnee State University and Ohio University’s Southern and Chillicothe campuses recently received a regional award from the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) for workforce development projects relating to the department’s Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (RAPIDS) program.
Carey said these collaborations are a prime example of colleges and universities sharing resources to operate more efficiently and help their students get a quality education more affordably.
The state Controlling Board approved an ODHE request to transfer $2 million in capital funds for the purpose of providing regional awards in southeast and central Ohio. The funds will support education and skill training of students and/or incumbent workers to meet needs in Highland, Adams, Ross, Pike, Scioto, Lawrence, Jackson, Vinton, Gallia, Meigs, Hocking and Athens counties.
For more information about the RAPIDS program and how it will benefit the area’s business and education communities, visit www.ohiohighered.org/content/rapids_home.