The Door County Medical Center (DCMC) in Sturgeon Bay has earned the fifth annual Quarles & Brady and Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative’s Community Engagement Award: a $2,500 grant for the best example of a rural hospital engaging in joint efforts with the community.
DCMC was recognized for its partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) to proactively build the area’s workforce and highlight local career options through improving upon the program that NWTC already had in place with area high schools.
Enhancements included creating a nursing-assistant course offered as part of the daily high school curriculum. Eligible juniors and seniors can take the course, taught by NWTC faculty, with classroom, lab and clinical portions offered at DCMC. Since the program’s inception, nursing-assistant enrollments at NWTC have increased dramatically: 242 high school students have completed the course, with 175 still needing testing.