RELEASE: Blunt: $2.2 million investment in Cox College Nursing School will strengthen Missouri’s health care workforce, expand access to quality care

WASHINGTON U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of both the Senate Commerce and Appropriations Committees, today released the following statement after the Department of Commerce announced that Cox College will receive a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to strengthen its health care workforce development program.

“The Cox College nursing program does an exceptional job providing students the training and skills they need to launch their careers and make a difference in their communities,” said Blunt. “The grant funding announced today will enable Cox College to expand the nursing program, which in turn will improve access to quality care.  With the support of health care partners throughout southwest Missouri, graduates of the program will have immediate access to good-paying jobs. I was proud to support this grant funding, and I’ll continue working to prioritize resources for programs that improve the quality of life in communities in Missouri and across the nation.”

The EDA, which is an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, provides resources to help communities create jobs, promote innovation, and improve the local economy. In September of last year, Blunt sent a letter to EDA Regional Director Angela Belden Martinez urging full funding and fair consideration of Cox College’s request.

In addition, Blunt, as a member of the Appropriations Committee, has supported prioritizing resources for the EDA.

The grant funding announced today will be used to renovate the existing nursing school building to create more classroom space and new clinical areas. With these improvements, Cox College anticipates it will be able to train more than 450 new nurses in nine years.

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