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Officials from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) announced that NEO has received a $54,500 federal grant administered by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. Grant funds will help purchase equipment for the Business Administration Technology, Medical Laboratory Technician, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Nursing programs. “Carl Perkins Grant funds have helped NEO train and educate workforce ready students for many decades,” said Dr. Jeff Hale, president of NEO. “With these federal dollars, NEO is able to better prepare students in nursing, allied health, technology, and agriculture.”

The grant funding is an annual award with amounts based on the number of qualifying students enrolled in the programs. The grant is designed to make it easier for students to enter the workforce after completion of a certificate or associate degree. Student enrollment as well as the preparation of those students is expected to increase by funding the purchase of modern equipment. “With the funds from this grant, we were able to purchase new blood chemistry equipment, which is a critical piece of technology that our students need to learn,” said Mitzie Miller, Medical Laboratory Technician program director. “The funds help us keep our competitive edge.” For more information on NEO’s Human Environmental Sciences Department, contact the Center for Academic Success and Advising at 918-540-6242.

(Photo from left: Debbie Morgan, director of nursing; Dr. Bethene Fahnestock, vice president for academic affairs; Pat Creech, Business Department chair; Sidney Morgan, Physical Therapist Assistant program director; Mitzie Miller, Medical Lab Technician program director)

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