Halifax Community College receives federal funding for
Allied Health Expansion Project
Congressman G.K. Butterfield
of the 1st
District of North Carolina visited Halifax Community College
(HCC) today to announce a federal appropriation of $190,000
for the college’s Nursing/Allied Health Expansion Project.
President Ervin V. Griffin, Sr. accepted the much needed
appropriation on behalf of the trustees, students, faculty,
staff, and administration at HCC.
HCC is creating,
with the encouragement of Halifax Regional Medical Center, a
state-of-the-art, on-site Human Patient Simulator Lab (Sim
Lab) for the training of nursing students in a “virtual
clinic setting.” The lab will offer skill enhancement and
competency testing for existing nursing staff at the
hospital and other nearby hospitals, and provide hands-on
training and skill development for emergency medical, allied
health, and nursing personnel from other health
organizations in the region.
It will also provide hands-on,
participatory learning. Through the use of technologically
advanced mannequins in a setting that effectively simulates
a modern health care facility, students will have the
opportunity to perform the procedures they read about in
textbooks. This will give them increased clinical skills.
Instructors will have the ability to simulate many of the
medical situations that students will face in the real
The introduction of a Sim Lab at HCC will
involve structural upgrades, virtual reality IV training
systems, training mannequins and task trainers, and
furnishings and bedside equipment. It will also require the
installation of hospital head-walls and attachments,
classroom visual media upgrades, audio upgrades, and faculty
training. Currently, HCC students are served by a lab that
simulates a 1960s hospital experience. This severely
restricts their clinical experience during training.
“This is not as much as I want it to be,
and not as much as President Griffin wants it to be or the
board wants it to be, but it is a step in the right
direction,” said Congressman Butterfield about the
“This lab will not only help our RNs and
LPNs, it will help us with our CNAs and all the training we
will be doing with our police and fire departments and EMTS.
It will be something that will be helpful to all of us,”
said President Griffin. “Congressman Butterfield, on behalf
of all of these students, we really do want to thank you for
this first step in upgrading our nursing facilities here at
The mission of HCC is to strive to meet
the diverse needs of the community by providing high
quality, accessible, and affordable education and services
for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
The college actively works to continue its role as a
catalyst for educational, cultural, and economic progress in
the Roanoke Valley by anticipating and responding to the
needs of an evolving global community. The values of
integrity, service, continuing learning, collaboration,
accessibility, innovation, diversity, and accountability are
embraced in all areas of the college’s life and work.
Carolina Community Colleges: Creating Success—Hope.
Congressman G.K. Butterfield, left, and HCC President, Dr.
Ervin V. Griffin, Sr.