CUMBERLAND — A $100,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant will allow Allegany College of Maryland to purchase training equipment for the Allied Health Simulation Workforce Development Program. ACM will match the federal funding that will benefit hundreds of students in the Western Maryland region.

The new technology will allow for students in nursing, respiratory therapy and physical therapy to practice their consultation skills as well as treat and diagnose various injuries and conditions through simulations and hands-on learning activities. The funds will support the purchase of an adult tetherless simulator mannequin, an anomatage virtual dissection table and an advanced multipurpose patient simulator and software.

“Particularly during a pandemic, we must ensure that our health care heroes have the most advanced equipment and training possible. I am proud we are able to provide new federal funding to advance the Allegany College of Maryland Allied Health Simulation Workforce Development Program, as students will be able to develop critical skills to excel in their studies and professional careers,” said Sen. Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care. “I remain committed to securing additional resources and funding for schools and educational programs across the state.”

“Allegany College of Maryland seeks to make tangible contributions through higher education to the economic growth of the area by offering quality education and workforce development programs that address the needs of our community. This funding will allow the college the opportunity to enhance our allied health training to front line health care providers and the award could not have come at a better time. The resources provided will support the educational needs of our students and positively impact their success. This funding will directly advance our mission of serving our community and placing students first,” said Cynthia S. Bambara, ACM president.

The ARC is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state and local governments.

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