ENMU academic preparedness grant

A severe shortage of nurses in New Mexico is expected in fewer than ten years.

A community college and a university have teamed together to tackle that problem.

Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community college will share a rare 3.5 million dollar federal grant to create new and more educated nurses.

David Caffey of Clovis wrote the grant, which will help expand the nursing program at CCC.

New Mexico is seeing more graying nurses and a need for more community based nurses. The grant will attract new students to nursing at CCC.

"some students who are very capable, interested, motivated and can become good nurses but who need more assistance with basic academic skills,"said Caffey.

The grant will also encourage nurses with associates to continue on to the university for a broader background.

The programs will begin October first.