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Midway College receives $100,000 to expand nursing program

With help from U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, Midway College has received $100,000 in federal funding to help expand its nursing program.

The money from the U.S. Department of Education will be used to buy lab equipment and renovate lab space so Midway can accommodate the increase in enrollment.

Expanding the nursing program was one of the priorities that Midway president William B. Drake Jr. mentioned to Bunning and others in Kentucky's congressional delegation during a trip to Washington, D.C., last summer. That annual trip was organized by Commerce Lexington to discuss priority projects for the Bluegrass region.

"The funds awarded from Sen. Bunning will help Midway College double the size of our associate degree in nursing program to graduate more nurses by 2012," Drake said in a release.

Midway operates an accelerated 18-month nursing program.

Under federal law, the secretary of education is authorized to make grants to private and public institutions of higher education.