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B-CU School of Nursing Receives $330,000 in Federal Funding

March 11, 2009


B-CU School of Nursing Receives $330,000 in Federal Funding
Funds included in Omnibus Appropriations bill Signed by President Obama

Today, President Obama signed into law a federal spending measure that includes $330,000 in funding for the Bethune-Cookman University School of Nursing.

Congressman John L. Mica (R-7th district) was instrumental in securing the funds which will be used to complete the renovation and furnishing of the L. Gale Lemerand School of Nursing building.

“Congress recognizes the important mission of Bethune-Cookman to educate and train nursing professionals in this vital program,” said Rep. Mica.  “The nursing industry is important to our health care industry, and with a nation-wide shortage of nurses, attracting and educating young people for this profession is important to maintaining quality health care in our country.”

Senator Bill Nelson (D) sponsored the funding provision in the U.S. Senate.

“On behalf of the entire B-CU family, I want to thank our federal representatives for their efforts to secure this funding which will help us complete a state-of-the-art training facility for our nursing students,” noted B-CU President Trudie Kibbe Reed.  “We are especially grateful for the ongoing efforts of Congressman Mica whose interest in and support of Bethune-Cookman University has been unwavering.”

The opening of the L. Gale Lemerand School of Nursing building has allowed the B-CU School of Nursing to increase its enrollment while maintaining high standards of academic excellence.   Previously, inadequate classroom space required the program to cap its admissions at a level that turned away many qualified applicants.  In addition to larger classrooms and a 300-seat lecture hall, the L. Gale Lemerand School of Nursing building provides the latest in technology-assisted teaching and learning tools including smart classrooms and skills and simulation labs.  The facility also houses the Odessa Chambliss Wellness Center, a nurse-managed community center.

The Bethune-Cookman University School of Nursing, which offers a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree, is approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).  The program continues the legacy of B-CU founder Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune who opened the McLeod Hospital and Training School for Nurses in 1911 in response to lack of healthcare services for the black community in Daytona Beach.  Today, the B-CU School of Nursing maintains a strong commitment to providing educational opportunities for a diverse student body and addressing healthcare disparities faced by minority communities.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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