COTC Nursing Instructor Will Help Haitians through Travel Grant

NEWARK, Ohio, March 28, 2018 — Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) Assistant Professor Megan Hendershot will travel to Haiti for nine days next fall to share current nursing techniques with local healthcare workers thanks to a $2,000 Tibbie Leslie Travel Grant awarded by the Licking County Foundation (LCF). The grant will allow Henderson to travel to Haiti to utilize nursing skills in a variety of settings (hospital, pediatric, community and orphanage experiences) and gain knowledge of different cultural concepts.

"I am hoping with this experience I will be able to share with Haitian healthcare professionals knowledge and skills that will help them prepare to become well-rounded nurses," said Hendershot. "I'm very grateful to the Licking County Foundation for providing this opportunity."

Hendershot, a Coshocton resident, has taught in COTC's licensed practical nurse (LPN) certificate program and the college's LPN to registered nurse (RN) associate degree transition program for five years.

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Tibbie Leslie Travel Grants were awarded this year to four area teachers who plan foreign travel to broaden their experience and knowledge in their particular field of interest. They were also selected for their commitment to bringing the world back to their classrooms in the true spirit of the award's donor, Tibbie Leslie—a Newark native who traveled the world throughout her 30-year teaching career. Since 1999, the Tibbie Leslie Fund has provided over $175,000 in grants to support 91 travel experiences.

Left to right: Connie Hawk, Licking County Foundation executive director; Megan Hendershot, Tibbie Leslie Travel Grant award winner and COTC assistant professor of nursing; Sandra Walker, COTC dean for health sciences. 

COTC's nursing program features Associate Degree Nursing (RN), a traditional five-semester plan of study; Practical Nursing  (LPN), a one-year certificate program; LPN to RN Transition, a three-semester transition option for LPNs; and State Tested Nursing Aide (STNA) course. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that employment of licensed practical and licensed vocations nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020.

COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.​​