Odessa Regional Medical Center has donated $15,000 to Odessa College’s health career programs for additional equipment in the Health Sciences Building to provide real-life experiences in health professions and scholarships.
Vice President for Instruction Valerie Jones said Odessa College talks a lot with the community about the importance of partnerships with employers, community partners and the college so entities like Odessa Regional can tell the college of their future needs in health care and the college can prepare curriculum for those practitioners of tomorrow.
The funds will go to the Odessa College Foundation.
“We need more folks to be able to go into the healthcare professions, to be highly trained, to be expert professionals and to be able to serve this community,” Jones said. “Scholarships help make that possible for folks so that financial restrictions are not a barrier to access for them. Once they get here, they have to have the most current technology; they have to have the relevant equipment; they have to be able to train in real-world experiences so that when they go into the real world and they’re helping you and me and our families in the…