AstraZeneca invests in Del Tech’s science education programs

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Del Tech educates future health care professionals for careers across the state of Delaware.

This entry is part of a series focusing on some of the charitable organizations AstraZeneca is working with in Delaware that are making a meaningful, measurable difference to improve the health of our communities and those who live in them. Previous entries can be found here and here.

Since 1966, Delaware Technical Community College (Del Tech) has been preparing future nurses and allied health care professionals for careers at local healthcare facilities like Christiana Care, St. Francis Hospital, Bay Health, Beebe, Nanticoke Memorial and Nemours/A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children.

According to the latest Workforce Needs Assessment released by The Delaware Health Association, Delaware’s acute-care hospitals will need almost 7,900 allied health professionals between now and 2014. Many of those future health professionals will graduate from a Del Tech program.

Del Tech has a lot to be proud of in terms of its students’ scholastic achievement. For instance, between 86 and 100 percent of its graduates pass the RN licensing examination the first time they take the test. Between 92 and 100 percent of Del Tech graduates find jobs within six months after graduation. Overall, they have graduated more nurses than all other in-state institutions combined.

Contributions from AstraZeneca have come in the form of several student scholarships, as well as funding for Del Tech to build and stock eight new science laboratories across the state. These new labs mean 10 additional classes each semester, making it possible to serve more students and prepare them for future careers across Delaware.

“AstraZeneca’s investments in the Delaware community have provided many opportunities for the people of our state,” Del Tech President Dr. Orlando George, Jr. said. “These contributions provide access to higher education and transform students into job ready graduates that help meet the needs of Delaware. AstraZeneca’s generosity sends a powerful message to our citizens that they believe in them and their hope for a better life.”

AstraZeneca is committed to healthcare that works. We applaud Del Tech for the high quality education it provides to its students and future health care professionals. We are honored to support an organization that shares our passion for making a meaningful difference to patient health.

Click here to download our 2011 Corporate Contributions report and to learn more about AstraZeneca’s work with Del Tech and other organizations promoting science education.