- Associated Press - Friday, April 4, 2014

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Recent grant money from a Dubuque medical group will be used to help area high school students pursue careers in health care, said school officials receiving the funds.

The Medical Associates Clinic Foundation of Dubuque said $150,000 will be split evenly among three area schools, the Telegraph Herald reported (http://bit.ly/1mPTA3B ). It will be given out over the next three years.

“We believe these funds are an important investment in our area youth, particularly in the future of our health care providers,” said John Tallent, CEO of Medical Associates Clinic & Health Plans. “We are very concerned about the supply of health care providers in the future.”

Tallent said that’s in reference to an aging pollution with more demands and a decrease in workers as they begin to retire.

Schools receiving the funds are Dubuque Senior High School, Stephen Hempstead High School and Wahlert Catholic High School.

School officials said the money will be used to update medical equipment and tools used for teaching. At Senior and Hempstead, anatomy and physiology courses, as well as health-related courses, will be supported.

“It’s going to allow us to go to the next level with instructional tools for students,” said Boyd Card, Dubuque school district curriculum coordinator for career technical education, which prepares students for medically related fields.

The money will also be used on technological tools like tablets and software. High-tech mannequins for nursing and anatomy coursework could be available.

At Wahlert, funds will be used to buy equipment and lab supplies for the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences program. It’s a four-year curriculum on the study of human body systems, medical interventions and biomedical innovation.

“We are just so excited about this programming. It’s a great opportunity for our students,” said Holy Family Chief Administrator Carol Trueg.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com