Delaware Technical Community College received a $100,000 grant from Highmark Delaware’s BluePrints for the Community to purchase equipment to support the college’s diagnostic medical sonography and nursing programs.

Enhancements to the diagnostic medical sonography program, made possible through the grant, included new software and equipment that expand teaching opportunities to obstetrical scanning of rare fetal anomalies, which are discussed didactically, but may be infrequently encountered by students in the clinical setting. Students also receive the opportunity to learn a variety of peripheral vascular studies that can be time consuming to teach exclusively in the clinical setting.

The grant also funded the purchase of a new simulation mannequin for Delaware Tech’s nursing program. Simulation mannequins are used on all of the college’s campuses and provide students with the opportunity to experience real-life scenarios that they will face with future patients.