AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsDr. Karen Cowell, dean of the college’s Health Sciences Division, said the college has reached capacity in its nursing skills lab. Thus, part of the money will pay for a modular building to house a lab, as well as pay the salaries of two full-time instructors. “This spring, we used our lab from 6:50 in the morning till 9 o’clock at night, and eight hours on weekends,” she said. A new health sciences building that will provide room to expand the nursing program won’t be open for several years. That AVC was able to secure 5 percent of the $10 million grant program available statewide is a credit to the creativity of the proposal and support from area hospitals, according to Cowell. LANCASTER – With a critical need for more registered nurses, Antelope Valley College has been given a $512,787 state grant that should allow the school to get 38 more students through its associate-degree nursing program by June 2008. The money from the office of the California Community Colleges will enable AVC to add a modular building near its new north parking lot to accommodate a nursing skills lab and faculty offices. The lab will include patient-care areas containing beds and manikins. The added space will enable AVC to open the doors to an additional 20 registered nursing students, as well as licensed vocational nurses making the transition to registered nursing. Officials hope to have another 38 students ready to take the national licensing exam to become registered nurses in two years. “I think it’s really important to give credit to the two hospitals (Antelope Valley and Lancaster Community) because both of them are willing to help us any way they can. It helps us immensely. It shows a strong need. And the state likes to see that,” Cowell said. Cowell expressed hope that the state would continue to provide additional money for nursing education. “We’re hoping this won’t be just a once-in-a-lifetime deal. We’re hoping we’ll be able to sustain this,” she said. Cowell added that any nurses interested in teaching part-time for the college should contact her at (661) 722-6404.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!