Loyola University City College and Tulane Hospital & Clinic Awarded $2.4 Million for Incumbent Worker Training
(New Orleans)- In partnership with Tulane University Hospital & Clinic, Loyola University New Orleans City College’s Department of Nursing was awarded a $2,468,447 grant from the Louisiana Department of Labor Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP). To be disbursed over three calendar years, the grant will provide for the education of over 100 of Tulane’s registered nurses in either Loyola’s RN-BSN or MSN program, depending on the nurses’ incoming levels of education.
According to the Louisiana Department of Labor, the IWTP is designed to benefit business and industry by assisting in the skill development of existing employees and thereby increasing employee productivity and the growth of the company.
Tulane approached Billie Ann Wilson, RN, Ph.D., chair of Loyola University City College’s Department of Nursing, when they became interested in facilitating the educational growth of their employees. Tulane looked to Loyola for assistance in providing an unparalleled quality education for their employees because they were familiar with Loyola University City College’s long-standing reputation of educating working nurses at times convenient for their busy lives.
“The state was anxious to support the partnership because it has a great interest in the health care industry, which is a major economic engine for the state,” Dr. Wilson said. “This is one of the first private higher education and health care institution partnerships in Louisiana.”