Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today announced that, following her advocacy, North Country Community College will receive a $1 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration under the Department of Health and Human Services to update three nursing labs in Essex County and Franklin County.

“I am proud to announce that, following my advocacy, $1 million of taxpayer dollars will return to Essex and Franklin Counties to update three nursing labs,” Stefanik said. “I will always bring the concerns of New York’s 21st District to the highest levels, which is why I worked throughout the appropriations process to include this priority for our communities. Now, this critical funding will strengthen the skillset of our local healthcare professionals and work to increase the pipeline of well-prepared nurses to our rural hospitals and healthcare providers.”

"I want to extend my gratitude and heartfelt thanks to Congresswoman Stefanik for her advocacy and support for North Country Community College and our students, including its most recent expression, the awarding of a $1 million dollar grant to renovate and modernize the nursing labs on all three of our campuses. If the COVID-19 pandemic laid anything bare, it was the need for well-prepared health care workers. Investments of this sort will pay handsomely as students will be able to train and prepare in modern, state-of-the-art nursing labs. Our faculty are excited at the prospects of updated labs that will allow them to further strengthen the skill set and pipeline of prepared LPNs and RNs, something our region needs," said Joe Keegan, President of North Country Community College.

Stefanik secured this funding through her advocacy to include this project in the Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations Package.