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from the Practical Nurse program to the Registered Nurse program. Finally the grant will pay for adding the NANSLO lab to the distance learning portion of the program so that students in rural areas can do their science labs online. “The HealthCARE MONTANA Grant offers a great opportunity for the GFC MSU nursing faculty to connect at the state level with other healthcare educators. Networking is vital. Also, the grant gives us support for expansion, and it allows us to offer our unique resources, such as the only simulation hospital in the state and one of only three Consortium for Healthcare Education Online (CHEO) NANSLO nodes worldwide, to benefit healthcare education across the state,” said Frankie Lyons, Health Science Division Director. ISSKSINIIP Project For the last three years, the ISSKSINIIP Project scholarship grant has provided healthcare students with the ability to attend college. It is a collaborative project with six Montana colleges that offer healthcare programs. Services included academic advising, mentoring, tuition and fees, books and supplies, assessment testing, placement services, childcare and transportation. During the last three years 69 students at GFC MSU have been recipients. Of them 47 are now employed. Of the current 20 participants, 16 completed their studies Spring 2015 and three will complete by the end of the 2015 calendar year. Personnel don’t pursue just any grant to attain additional monies. They look for grants that solve a problem within the state or community. GFC MSU finds grants extremely important to serving the needs of students and their communities. Spotlight on an Opportunity Afforded to a GFC MSU Student Through a Grant Todd Larson, who has just finished two years at GFC MSU, was one of the lab assistants in the NANSLO lab this last year. The science and math courses he had taken at GFC MSU, along with his technology skills, made him the right choice for the lab assistant position. At work, he responded to telephone calls that came into the lab, assisted students who came in for hands-on sessions, and solved any problems that arose. Dr. Canine, the NANSLO supervisor, found Larson to be vital to the program. He was dependable and came to the job with customer service skills. “He moves on in his education, and I will miss both him and the other lab assistant, Clara Davison,” she said. Besides excelling in his classes and working in the lab this past year, Todd was the recipient of a Montana Space Grant Consortium A.R.E.S. grant for his research on algae. Todd will be studying cellular biology and neuroscience at Montana State University in Bozeman beginning in the fall. Good Luck Todd!