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Congressman Higgins Announces Over $741,000 for D’Youville College

9/2/2011- Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that D’Youville College is set to receive a federal grant totaling $741,818 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“This funding will help train the next generation of health care professionals, a field where we are seeing significant job growth,” said Congressman Higgins. “This significant award, which speaks volumes to the quality of the educational programs available right here at D’Youville College, benefits not just students seeking this career path but provides a benefit to our entire community and health delivery system.”

D’Youville President Sister Denise A. Roche said, “An integral part of D’Youville College’s mission is sharing educational opportunities with at-risk and underrepresented groups. D’Youville’s Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) will focus on developing a more diverse applicant pool by providing intensive six-week summer programs for high school students. There will be pre-matriculation activities for D’Youville College students aspiring to enroll in one of the health profession programs and retention services for students in need of additional academic and social supports. The purpose of the project is to increase health profession education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds in order to increase workforce diversity.”

The program will include recruitment of potential health profession students and the implementation of a summer program as well as retention/support services, including structured Saturday Academies, for economically and/or academically disadvantaged students seeking admittance into and matriculated students in one of six health professions programs: chiropractic, dietetics, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physician assistant, or physical therapy.

“D’Youville looks forward to implementing a HCOP program and assisting individuals from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to enable them to graduate from a health or allied health professions program,” added Sister Denise.

D’Youville also previously received $1.6 million in federal transportation funds through Congressman Higgins for the reconstruction of Fargo Avenue. Construction is currently in the final stages and set for completion this fall.

Located on Porter Avenue in the City of Buffalo, D’Youville College offers undergraduate, master’s, post graduate, doctoral programs and advanced certificate programs in health-related professions as well as other fields.